I'm just beginning to sift CES info. It takes some time to get informative reviews. Note that a bunch of lesser reviewers are only rehashing makers' advertising in order to jump into print quickly.
The major brands have pretty good consistency of reliability from year to year.
Additional info of viewing room size would be good as well as mentioning speakers. Do you already have pretty fine speakers to use? If not, it's easy to spend 6-8 grand for a set of delicious speakers. Thing is that the receiver/speaker dollar relationship is that we generally advise 70% cost to speakers - 30% for the receiver.
Receivers are fairly cut & dry. They are better values than ever before. Hard to tell sound difference between $250 & $2500 receivers. I, myself, do have an overkill receiver. I am a long time hobbiest who already had speakers fine for me.
Your 10 grand can get the finest plasma. Front projectors are basically beyond the scope of this forum. The front projector state of the art changes quickly. I'd prefer them if wanting a 100+" diagonal picture, rather than the comparable huge plasma or LCD. That is appropriate for the larger room which will be dimmed easily for a "real" home theater room. In true home theaters, the extra bucks for many zoned home integration & convergence make your budget suddenly insufficient.
Talk seriously with a custom installer for a front projector. In such a dedicated space 7.1 surround sound can be awesome. In more ordinary size spaces a 5.1 setup is fine. My primary viewing space is my great room. Cramming in extra channels is problematic. I won't sacrifice general livability. It is normal living space, not a "home theater."
I need help deceding what TV and AV reciever is best for my new home theater setup. Considering the latest news from CES, what would you reccomend as the best TV and reciever. My budget is up to $10000 for a TV and 2,500 for a reciever. They must be available by March 2007.