So I just got a JVC RX-D301 7.1 Receiver off woot a few days ago for like ~$105
So far I'm impressed--it outperforms the Sony receiver we have that is 3x the size and about a year and a half old. I've only got 5 speakers hooked up so far but hell there isn't any 7.1 dvds yet anyway...cool feature is a little usb soundcard it comes with to send audio from a computer to it wirelessly, l33t. Also has a USB-B jack on the front to plug it directly into a computer to work as a soundcard
Front L/F and Surround L/F Speakers are Cambridge SoundWorks THX something or other.