After 2 weeks of wait, finally everything arrived. Spend a weekend to put them all together, and here is my 5.1 set up:
Front: OMNI 550 - new
rare: OMNI 350- new
Center: C150- new
Receiver: Sony 5200ES- new
DVD player: Xbox 360 + HD-Player - old
TV turner: HD TIVO - new
Digital music server: Roku M1001 - new
TV:Panasonic TH-50PX500U - old
Remote: Harmony 880 Remote - old
Room size: 16' (D) x 12' (W) x 8' (H) - listening area only
The speaker boxes is big, and well protected. There are few holes in my 550's box due to the shipping; but nothing missing or damage at all - well packaging. The S-8 on the other hand was badly done - all the form inside are broken and box is kind of deformed - but luckily there wasn't any damage. The speaker is lighter than I expected. The finishes is fine - not great great like the other higher end line. The each speaker cone has some kind of Fiber Glass like material and it is almost like B&W products - very modern and nice looking speakers - a lot better than any picture that I seen online.
So, after closely inspected each of them, I begin to hook them up with my 5200ES. Took me a while to get all the HDMI and all the input going. The GUI of 5200es is nice but painful to call out by the remote. After running automatic speaker configuration by Sony, with a little personal touch - the speaker sound FANTASTIC!!! At first I was complain a bit on the base performance before I hook up the S-8 (the sub came 1 day later)... but once all the piece fall into a right place... it perform VERY VERY nice. The high and mid is clear and well separated. The sweet sport is large; but yet still retains a very good tones separation. The bass is tight and accurate without over kill. The S-8 seems work well with all the speakers. This setup even work well with MP3s - I mean, even for some typical 44kps compressed crap... it sounds pretty good. Can't wait to see the sound result of SACD - too bad I don't have any media or player. It is for sure not the best speakers out there - but the ratio of performance and $ is very very high - it is a lot better than that I expected!
Kind of off topic - if anyone want to connect your music from PC to your sound system wirelessly, I highly recommend Roku M1001! Easy to hook up with a lot of options - both coaxial and optical inputs are available!
See picts below!