and went with Onkyo HT SKS240 speaker package. My set up is in a small room and I'm very satisfied. The biggest weakness is the sub, though, and I may upgrade there someday. Also, If you are planning to use them in a large room, you will need stronger speakers.
The whole package can be had for under 400.00 delivered.
I'm trying to persuade my wife for getting a home theater system. I wanted to know what kind of excuses did you tell your wife about getting one.
Currently I've my mind set on the Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver($399) and working on getting matching speakers for it. Due to the wife factor will have to go for a smaller set(I hope all you guys with 15" woofers and big floor standing speakers will excuse me :))
I ended up getting a Vizio 32 (I hear a lot of laughter!!!) and a Philips DVP5982 DVD player due the WF.
I read most of the CNET Home Audio forums, especially Jostenmeat & NM_Bill and their recommendations on speakers are really good but does not beat the wife factor for me in cost and size.