Thanks for the reply FMW,
Yes, these Golden Ears are sold through ListenUp in the Denver Metro area. Anyone know of other dealers here? Unfortunately, these two stores I visited had some component of the system missing such as a different sub, or technical issues which did not allow me to really hear the systems as a full package. Also, their listening room was quite different in size and furnishings, and they didn't really crank it up for the movie scenes with many other customers in the store.
One of the salesmen there told me they stopped selling the Def Tech XTR because these speakers were not up to their standards. That is a single data point of information, so I am looking for others who may own or have had first hand comparison experience with these vs. the Golden Ears. I know there are many who will say as long as you have a good sub, the subtle differences in your L-C-R will not be obvious, but then what would be this preferred sub for such a sized system?
Thank you, hoping for more input from anyone.