I HIGHLY recommend you add a Buttkicker LFE to your setup.
Brute, WTF is that? To be honest, I don't have stan alone amps and what not becuase I live in a condo community on the beach and it would be a waste of power. My spot is only about 1500 sq ft, and my system is WAY too much for it.
A brand of Receivers and Amps I have been real interested in, and would recommend just from what I've read, even though I don't own, is Outlaw. They're cheap, relatively speaking, but are supposed to be very well made and very high quality.
I haven't purchased a stand alone, high end DVD or Blu-Ray player because, frankly, many of the compartments in my credenza are already occupied by equipment, and, I really don't watch all that many movies, so the functionality in both my gaming systems suffices my needs.
As for your TV question, Fitz, I have done a ton of due dilligence on it. I can tell you what I have, and why I have it, and go from there.
As mentioned, I have the 60" Pioneer Elite Pro Plasma (720p) in my living room, and the 50" Sony Bravia XBR3 LCD (1080p) in my bedroom.
From everything I have read about Plasma technology, Pioneer, Panasonic and Fujitsu are the names you want to consider (my research has been primarily on Pioneer and Panny), and Pioneer is the best of that bunch, but Panny giving the best P4P combo of price and quality. Basically, Pioneer is topps, but you pay up for it, and you'd have to be an A/V guru to notice any differences I guess.
I bought the Sony LCD because, bascally, I have a friend at Sony who got me a sick deal on it ,plus I read that that particular model was tops LCD at the time, and it was 1080p where my plasma was only 720p.
A lot of the pro's cons 'tween plasma and LCD are simplifies in the following...
You get deeper black levels with plasma, and the picture quality is a little better.
Burn is is over exaggerated, and, with the advancement of technology, not really an issue any longer, if at all.
With LCD, the colors are brighter, with the only knock being that when watching action sports, the refresh rates sometimes do not keep pace with the action, an hence sometimes there is blurred picture (really not that noticeable, IMO).
As for 1080P and 720P, be careful here. Yes, True 1080p is higher definition, but consider the signal of your source. If you have a 1080p TV, yet your cable or satellite provider's signal is 720p, guess what? 720 is the best you'll get regardless. As far as I know, and maybe JD8 can chime in, 720p is pretty much what these providers are shooting out.
That said, given that I have both technologies, I can tell you that I prefer my Pioneer Elite plasma to my Sony XBR3 lcd. I just think it's the better picture.
Some other LCD brands you might want to check out are Samsung and Sharp, but I recommend plasma technology and I'd go with Pioneer or Panasonic. If they have sound adcvice where you live, you can work those guys for deals.
Audioholics.com has a forum section dedicated to Displays, and you will get a ton of threads touching on various topics, including what you are interested in...http://forums.audioholics.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=33