I'm very happy with my new system. I know it's not up to the level that many on here own but for me, it's fantastic!
I'd always gone for relatively cheap all-in-one 'hi-fis' before. I'd never owned an AV receiver, or any proper speakers. I decided on the TV first and the rest just snowballed.
I started off looking at the Onkyo 515 and somehow ended up at the Yamaha RX-A2010. Similar story with the speakers. I started off considering the Cambridge Audio S70s and matching centre but ended up (via what seemed like endless choices) with the Monitor Audio Silver RX6s and matching centre. It was all a bit scary for a 'noob' like me but I got there in the end, with a lot of help from forum experts, Sevenoaks staff and personal demos of the equipment. Even choosing cables, connectors (ended up with banana plugs) and HDMI leads took more research than I thought it would.
Anyway, it's all done now and I'm very happy with it all. It sounds and looks fantastic! Unfortunately, I reckon I've now caught the 'hi-fi upgrade bug'. I'm already planning future 'improvements' (thinking - better surrounds and a decent CD player). I've got a feeling that this may become a process that never ends...