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I'd go with the 59" diagonal if you want that Samsung model based on your viewing distance and 1080p resolution. Just remember, plasmas can be susceptible to burn-in in a matter of minutes if you have static images on the screen, like a sports ticker. Might want to look at the 8000 Series LED-lit TV's as well.
For a basic 3D Blu-ray player, the Panasonic 210 isn't too shabby.
You could try the Onkyo 709 receiver. It has 7 HDMI inputs and is almost half the price of the Denon. Use the money saved to get better speakers and a good sub (the most important purchase). They usually have a better laid out remote control than Denon, though you might consider a universal remote from Logitech or some other company.
If you switch your DirecTV analog boxes to HD, they'll all have HDMI ports anyway. Also, if you need more HDMI inputs than that, you could get a cheap Monoprice HDMI switcher for one of the HDMI inputs. To get 8 or more HDMI inputs built-in to a receiver or pre-amp, you'll be spending some extra dough on a pretty fancy unit.
For a no-fuss, no-muss solution, you could look at a satellite/sub package from HSU Research. Their Hybrid 5.1 channel and 7.1 channel packages have good sounding, basic bookshelf monitors that are well built that can play loud and clean, and they include a kick-butt, highly regarded VTF-15h subwoofer. The price is quite nice too. It would blow the doors off that Boston Acoustics system.
I'm not a fan of tiny micro-speakers and small subs (remind me too much of Bose). You really are fighting the laws of physics with those very small drivers and your home theater audio experience will tend to be anemic at best.
There are other retail store speakers to consider like Paradigm, PSB, Focal, Dali, Totem, etc. However, that HSU VTF-15h is still a great sub for the money.
Go with Monoprice high-speed HDMI cables and 12 gauge speaker cable. Great bang for the buck on the internet.
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