Nethawk, I was under time constraints so I decided to go with your suggestion. I could not audition both speakers. So, I have no idea if Paradigm would have been better. I got the LSI9. And you are right - they are excellent speakers by themselves.
My fear that they will sound inadequate because of my 110W amp were unfounded. Clean, musical, articulate sound. I thought they were going to be quiet because of 4ohm impedance and low sensitivity - but no, very vivid sound.
One problem I had with the way Paradigm look - at least in pictures. This modern spacecraft material presentation with alligator skin plastic around the tweeters - I know this is to minimize reflection - is not for me. The LSIs are much more understated and at the same time expensive looking. Looks are just as important as the sound for me.
Now, what I need is a power amp. I have this question. The Elite receiver has plenty of juice for home theater. I usually play it at -50, -40 at most (out -80 to +10), so at half volume. And this is more than enough for me. But I hear I need a power amp to really open up the LSIs. Does it make any sense to buy a two channel power amp just for them which will be connected to the Elite receiver? I understand that a 5 channel power amp is the optimal solution, but those are double the price.