When it comes to surround sound I'm obsessed with Onkyo. I've heard almost nothing but praise about 'em. When I'm finally ready to fully re-do my setup- I'm going with Onkyo's biggest and baddest.
And Neophyte- thanks for the feedback about Marantz. Do you know of any place in the US that would sell their stereo amps? I'd like to pick on up soon.