I'd like to ask for your expert recommendation...
I've just moved to a new city and I'm starting buying stuff for my apartment.
So. I want to buy a receiver, speakers and of course a tv.
Basically I do not care to much about the tv. I mean I'd like to watch sports, but for the movies, tv series, etc I've download everything on HD quality and use a computer or my pop corn to watch it. So I really don't care about blu-ray... may be I could buy a PS3 to get both games and movies.
I really enjoy quality, so I'm looking here to get a pretty good equipment.
I don't care to have a huge tv... I really prefer quality instead of size... so a 42-46 should be ok for I think.
Going back to the system my new space is interesting, since is rectangle, so would easier to configuration the system:
I'm really not sure what do you think it's better a 5.1 or a 7.1 configuration so please feel free to suggest me.
Ok going to numbers... my inicial budget is $2000, 1k for the tv and the rest for the audio...
Do you thnk that this budget is enough? should I spend more?
*When looking at other systems, make sure you notice the signal to noise ratio + frequency response as these can be huge indicators of quality*
For the TV
As you stated, the TV isn't as large of a priority as the sound - definitely a noble approach.
I've got a 32" Polaroid 1080p LCD and it's been a spectacular TV. HDMI inputs, high quality built-in speakers with surround emulation, etc. It was a great investment for only $500 USD! Hmm...obviously you're looking for something larger. I would recommend checking out some basic Samsung LCDs like the one here - http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-LN46B530-46-Inch-1080p-HD....
No matter what you do, make sure the TV you get has HDMI, 1080p, a decent response time with a fast refresh rate and you should be set. I'd say stay away from ANYTHING Sanyo - I've had horrible experiences with their products. Like you said, it isn't a priority - so shoot lower and save yourself some money - but remember the recommendations.
Dunno how big your apartment is - that Onkyo system's speakers are a bit large.
I have a home office that I'm fitting for 7.1 - I chose the Onkyo SR607 AV amp since it was on sale at Amazon.com for under $400, but for speakers I went with the Klipsch Synergy III for center and 4 satellites, and a pair of Klipsch reference bookshelf speakers for the front right & left, and a Klipsch 350 8" subwoofer as the room is not huge, just large. As you can tell, I favor Klipsch speakers .
Anyway, the Onk has 4 HDMI inputs so I can hook up an HTPC, PS3 and whatever else I might buy in the future. The video upscaling is average or worse, but that's not a problem as both the HTPC and the PS3 have superior upscaling for DVD, and none needed for Blu-Ray. The Onk is also pretty big, but again not a problem as I have a nice audio cabinet to stuff it in.
For a TV I have a Pioneer Elite 50" plasma, which for cinema is top-rated.
Wish I had run speaker wire behind the walls since I bought my house before it was completed, but Home Depot sells some paintable conduit that I can run along the baseboards for inconspicuous placement..