NAD also makes fine products and I don't think you could go wrong with either that or Rotel.
My HT is independent of the Rotel/B&W system. It consists of a Denon 2805 receiver, Klipsch speakers (RF5, RCIII, RB35), SVS 20-39 PCi sub and Pioneer DV45A universal player.
I got into the Rotel/B&W system sort of by "accident". I originally was using the Denon as a pre/pro feeding a Crown K1 amp into the RF5s. I then swapped out the Crown for the RB 1070 amp and thought that it was a better match when listening to music....and you can probabaly guess the rest....if Rotel was a great amp, how about pre-amp...then CD player...and finally...speakers that would match closely Klipsch, but do it one better.