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Marantz receivers have always been solid performers at a fair price. Of the new receivers, the SR5006 is $799 MSRP and incorporates a native Airplay server if you are a fan of Apple iDevices. When I was working in the residential market some years back, I had installed countless Marantz receivers. To be honest, I'm not sure I have ever seen one fail. When I designed by brother-in-laws custom HT, Marantz was the receiver of choice. Yamaha and Integra are also in line with Marantz quality and value. The options vary between manufacturers, but finding something that fits your wants and needs should be easy enough.
Speakers are just a personal preference. The biggest decision these days seems to be form factor, i.e. in-wall, floor mounted, etc. My preference would be spec the drivers, build the enclosures from scratch and architecturally integrate them into a HT space. Not necessarily what most would do, though.
Keep in mind, the markup on receivers is not all that much in comparison to speakers. When you find something you like, it definitely pays to shop around online and locally. Good luck!