My dealer's demo room was rather primitive, so I wasn't able to compare the Tritons to any other new speakers. That said, the dealer claimed it would be hard to get an apples-to-apples demo because he didn't stock a speaker that had the same specs at anywhere near the same price point. I took him at his word.
They replaced a Boston Acoustics rig anchored by VR3 towers. As I recall, they were BA's top-of-the-line speaker circa 2005. When I was shopping back then I let my wife get in a vote. Not being a complete maniac like me, she chose the brightest speaker on hand. I spent at least five years trying to tame them. Ultimately, I never really fixed them. I'm certain my hearing aged out.
As far as amplification goes, I'm not very impressive. I've always been a Pioneer guy (as much from nostalgia as anything else), and so they're being driven by an SC-89. It turns a very small signal into a very big signal well enough for me.
If I were spending "my own money" I'd still save up and buy the Tritions. I think they're just that good. I'd probably climb down a few ladder rungs and pick up the SC-85 or -87. If I were in the market for a new 4k TV, I'd likely be waiting for this years' Elites, because they'll get that HDCP-OCD-8675309.2.2 standard all you kids are going on about.
As it stands, I got a very modest inheritance around this time last year and went a little crazy with it. I'm very happy with my purchases.