Just a follow up post here to possibly help others who find this via search later on.
Made my decisions last night I'm happy to say -- I feel pretty good about them, and I can't wait for everything to arrive! Anyway, here's what I ended up deciding on after a lot of hours reading these forums and the replies in this thread.ReceiverOnkyo 805
-- $625 Shipped
Last years model yes, but from what I've read superior to the 806 in most respects. Considered Yamaha & Marantz, but couldn't find a model from them for this price that most thought was better.Surround SpeakersAscend Acoustics System
-- $1128 Shipped
Consists of three 340-SE's
across the front, and two CBM-170's
for the surrounds. Also picked up the TP-24 Pedestal Stands
for the two mains up front.
Price above included everything I just listed shipped due to the special they're currently running.SubwooferSVS PB12-NSD
-- $635 Shipped
Looked at this one, the HSU 3.3, and the Rhythmik F12. In the end, I couldn't justify the increased cost of the HSU (+$100) and F12 (~$150) based on all the love the PB12 gets around here. Plus for my space, it should be more than enough.
Also picked up a pair of Studiotech SP-30
speaker stands for my rears off Amazon for $86 shipped.
Bought all my speaker wire, subwoofer cable, and HDMI cables from Monoprice
When it's all said and done I spent about $2600 which was a tad over the extreme end of my initial budget. It's only money eh!?
Anyway, appreciate all the help you guys provided -- can't wait to get this setup!