Heard the 826v's and matching center today at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Needless to say, there were many exceptional speakers at the show. I went back to the Focal room 3 times. I just couldn't believe that a $2200 pair of speakers equaled or bettered so many cost-no-object designs. The sound, fit/finish and style of these speakers is nothing short of amazing at their price point. They were fronted by an Arcam FMJ processor/amp combo. If an AVR 300 will get me at least 90% of what I heard at the show, then I'll be exceptionally happy.