Thanks for such a wondering and informative thread. That said, the little hair that I had left in my head has now been pulled out.
Last week I purchased a Panasonic Plasma (TH-50PH9UK). This TV is the one that doesn't come with speakers, stand or HDMI. I did add a HDMI source to it and now I am looking for the speakers/home theater to acompany it.
I have room that is 16x16 with 10 foot ceilings. The room opens up into our kitchen as well Currently, the HDMI source is being used by my Time Warner HD DVR box. Other then the DVR box and my PS2, I do not have anything. I am ISO receiver, speakers, DVD player, etc. I will probably purchase either a wii or a PS3, so I should be able to figure the DVD part out. Do you have any recommendations for receivers, speakers, etc? I would like to be able to use my IPOD through the system, if possible. I am willing to spend over $1000 but prefer to stay under, if possible. Thanks a million in advance. CMS