What's the best surround sound audio system out there?
Once upon a time, many moons ago, we got my dad a surround sound system that worked fairly well. We all particularly enjoyed it when we would be watching a movie or a TV show and a sound or voice would only come out one of the two back speakers, as if the sound or character were behind us. Very cool stuff!
However, as technology has been advancing, the audio receiver's inputs aren't meshing up with the new outputs (basically, no HDMI) and we are in the market to get my dad a new surround system that will be technologically viable for the next 5-10 years (so basically, has HDMI inputs). All the equipment we have running in to the current system has a few output options, of which HDMI is one.
So here's where you come in. My family knows next to nothing about surround sound audio systems. What would you recommend to us? We're looking for anything from general advice, to specs, to specific systems and setups. Thank you very much Wootizens! Merry Crapmas to you all!