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It sounds like you really do want to blow the doors off.
However, a 5.1 Cerwin Vega! setup is going to be close to your entire budget if you include the VE 8" towers, VE 5M bookshelves for surrounds, and the VE-5C center. This goes for about $630 on Amazon. You would still need a subwoofer and of course a decent receiver. Perhaps you could build slowly by starting with 3.1 and expanding later. For the subwoofer, I would recommend the HSU VTF-2 MK3 or offerings from Rythmik, SVS, or Outlaw. Add the Yamaha 667 for the receiver. The 667 has pre-outs so you can add another amp if you think you need more power (which you might in that cavern).
Another option would be to go with a 5.1 setup from Ascend Acoustics. I think the CMT-340SE towers could fill that space. You could start with a pair of towers and a subwoofer and expand from there. Ascend will still give you the package price even if you don't buy it all at once. For this configuration, a Harman Kardon 2600 receiver might be a good fit.
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