Thanks to everyone for the offers and advice!! Bhazard, I will PM you my detials and you can let me know what might be convenient for you. I will bring the beer to demo your subm, and you are more than welcome to demo my room once completed. If only I didn't have to pay for the stupid upgraded cabinet for our kitchen, I could finsih the room today:D I keep telling my wife that the theater is the most important but she doesn't listen. All idding aside, the hole is dug for the room and concrete should be here next week.
Mark, thank you for your thoughts! I know from our previous conversations, you as well as me, thought that investing in the right speakers for the job is most important. The processor can be upgraded anytime to meet the needs of the setup. Those meridians that I heard, in addition to being waaaaaayyyy out of my budget, were nice, but my true reason for listening was to hear another speaker that may give me an idea of the sound characteristics of the CATS. I agree, that as they were pushed, even in the smaller room(realtively....16x20) they started to shoe some harsh/sharp qualities. As I said, they were about as "bright" of a speaker as I would look for. If the cats have similar characteristics, but can do the dynamics of the meridian x2 ro more, BINGO:D I have no doubt that the cats will be one of the highest quality speakers I could purchase, but taste is so different from person to person. I ahve heard so many people say they love speakers that I think sound awfull and visa versa. Mark, do you think that 8c would do the job in my room as lcr or are the 12c needed to hit the levels we are talking about. I could push it to the 12c but that would limit the number of surrounds I could do until a later date. It would also limit my PJ budget, which again is ok, not optimal, but ok as I could upgrade next year or the year after. Thougts?? Thanks all!