OK everyone....I appreciate all your comments. Here is what I did today. I went to 2 high end dealers. I felt very comfortable at both. The problem with the dealer that sells PSB is that all he had on hand were Imagine Mini Bookshelves, and Image T5's. They had NOTHING else, so I couldnt hear any of the rest of the Image line, which is what I really wanted to hear. The Minis were awesome, but for a package with that, the Mini center, and B4's for the surrounds were going to be around $1750. The T5's I heard were too laid back for me, even though the soundstage was great. The guy also only put on a music CD, even though I stated I listen to about 5% music. No movie watching...probably due to the fact they had no centers. Not impressed with the dealer, but the expensive version (Imagine's) sounded great.
Second stop was another dealer that deals in the klipsch Reference series. They had the floorstanding version as well, and the 52 center which is pretty close to the 42 I wanted to hear. They put on the new Narnia movie, and I was highly impressed. It was very forward sounding, but not "fatiguing" as many have stated. This might be due to the speakers being the series II, or maybe it is just my preference for speakers. He also put on a music CD (lot of vocals and instrumental solos) and it too sounded great. Not only was the dealer very informative and friendly, but he was very laid back as well. He also gave a killer price, which he said, and he proved, beat Amazon prices as he states that is the reference (no pun intended) for their pricing. Here is his breakdown: RB51 (x2) for $350, RC42 (x1) for $220, RS42 (x2) for $500, so total would be $1070, which is $430 under my max budget!
I love what I heard from the PSB dealer, but with not being able to listen to a movie, and not having any of the speakers that I wanted to hear in stock, I was disappointed. They are still in the running, but I wanted more. I dont think it was the speakers, I think it was the dealer, but dealers around me are few and far between.
Yamaha RX-V765 / PSB B5's Fronts / PSB C4 Center / Micca R-65 In-Ceiling Rears / BIC F12 Sub