Well, after hours upon hours of research, upwards of ten changes of mind and a bit of frustration, I finally pulled the trigger. Here were (at one point or another) my choices:
Fluance SX-HTB+ (5.0) = $300
Yambeka Audio (5.0) = $300
's and P5-PR
's (7.0) = $320
Cerwin-Vega CLS-6's and VE-5M's (7.0) = $375
Pure Acoustics Junior (5.0) = $300
Polk Audio R300's, CSR and R150's (7.0) = $400
Insignia NS-B2111's all around (7.0) = $360
I also contemplated a few other more well known brands and options as well as some combinations of my long list. So what did I end up with? NONE OF THE ABOVE! Out of right field I found a deal on newegg for a pair of Polk M20's, a CSM and four M10's for $350 with free shipping! I had originally moved away from the Polks due to the R series rear porting (though 50 bucks for an R300 tower was tempting), the M series solved that issue and added (IMO) some visual flair as well.
Still deciding on an AVR and sub, but I'm making progress. I've got the AVR narrowed down to the Onkyo 606 (naturally) and the H/K 254, leaning towards the H/K. It has some caveats, but better sound, incredible GUI and the sheer sex appeal of the case has me tempted. Sub might be a BIC F-12, PA-120 or tSc T250. Time will tell...
Thanks for all the reading material and insight this forum has provided.