NAD and GoldenEar
I've always thought very highly of NAD products. We haven't reviewed the T 785 (seen here), but we did review the T 747, which, at $1300, reviewer Mark Fleischmann called "an A/V receiver for the audiophile on a budget." Granted, the flagship T 785 is much more at a list price of $4000, but as far as I can tell online, it's nearing the end of its product life cycle, so you can probably find one for a lot less than that.
NAD is well known for high-quality audio and minimal frills. And I really like the company's modular approach, called Modular Design Construction (MDC), that lets you customize the T 785 and other NAD products with audio and video modules to suit your particular needs while staving off obsolescence.
As for the GoldenEar TritonCinema Two speaker system, that's a no-brainer. As Darryl Wilkinson (no relation) said in his review for Home Theater, "The combination of appearance, performance, and price is flat-out spectacular and will set lots of other companies on a chase to close the gap."
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