Now the waiting begins;
Emotiva was having a sale until the end of July and I decided to bite the bullet and pick up their XPA-5 amplifier. That also gave me a reason to upgrade my old HTiB Kenwood speakers that I have been using for the last 9 years. I tried to rationalize the purchase price of my true desires, the absolutely amazing 802d, but decided that I enjoy living in my house and eating food occasionally, so purchasing the 802d's may not make the best financial sense right now.
CMC2 Center channel and CM5's were ordered and should be delivered some time next week. For the time being I'll use my current mediocre front speakers as surrounds and will eventually add a pair of CM9 or CM10 to take up front stage duties, and move the CM5's to surround. Best Buy had to order the CMC2 from their Magnolia Design center due to an unknown shortage in their system. Now the hard part comes, WAITING for the amazing speakers!
Note to self, when selecting TV stands, make sure you measure 2x. It seems that my center channel speaker shelf in the stand is tall enough to fit the CMC2, but too narrow by 1/2". Now I have to decide what looks less strange, a center channel stand on the floor in front of the cabinet; or fab up a custom shelf/speaker bracket that will stick out in front of the cabinet and rest the speaker stand on.
I also plan to upgrade the wiring and make some custom DIY Bi-wire cables for my new B&W babies.
Pics to come once it's all installed.
Panasonic 65ZT60 Plasma Calibrated by Chad B
Emotiva XMC-1 (Dirac is awesome)
Emotiva XPA-5 (200w x 5)
B&W (CM10 S2, CMC2 S2, CM5 S1)
SVS SB13 Ultra Sub (Planned Upgrade)
Room Treatments (Planned Upgrade)