Correction to my last post...
I bought the Onkyo system and it sounds great! Much better than the old Pioneer receiver with Sony speakers system I had before.
While I was at it I got the new Directv HR20 HD DVR
...and the R15 Directv non HD DVR for upstairs.
It feels good to be able to pause live tv and record again in the living room and especially now I can do it with HD programs.