Expert Opinions Please!

Greetings and Salutations form the metropolis of Wentzville, Missouri!

I am in need on expert advice regarding the purchase of a new surround sound system for my man cave. Originally, I was going to go cheap and buy a Energy Take Classic 5.1; however, I have decided that high quality is important. Now to the question:

What is the absolutely best surround sound system I can buy in the $2,500 - $3,500 price range? I would like 7.1 but it is not a show stopper if it is a 5.1 system. In addition, I need a great amplifier/receiver not to exceed $1500.

Thanks everyone in advance for your help. I really appreciate your expertise!