mjable, I'd be glad to recommend some dealers. Really there are only two high end dealers here. Audio Resources and Wilson Audio. You are welcomed to come over and check out my system when you get to town. Right now, I am using a California Audio Labs SSP-2500. Duane is right, I did sell my Aragons which are great amps that I would recommend. I replaced them with a CAL MCA 2500 that I have not yet received but should next week. My speakers are PSB stratus Gold I, PSB C-6i and PSB stratus mini speakers. My next upgrade is going to be another pair of the Gold(i) for the rear channel. I have a Dalite 80X45 16:9 high contrast electric screen mounted but am waiting for either the new Sanyo PLV 60 or Sony 11vht projectors. My dog Mugsy, don't laugh, will pay for it with his "services," hehehe. Check out www.bulldoggin.com
I can possibly show you a few of my old French quarter "tricks," as wellhttp://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
like walking down Bourbon St with a group of friends and wishing the ladies happy Mardi Gras about ten days before Mardi Gras. See the trick is to listen for a foreign accent as women from all over the world come here for Mardi Gras , usually on the Friday a week before Fat Tuesday. They did not come all the way from Australia,England,Japan,and Canada not to have fun. As soon as they know you live in N.O., you're in! If you are still single, you will have to take over my "old" job http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
of showing them a fun time! I think most of us are like Bob and started with recievers. But if this is going to be a lifelong hobby like it is for many of us here, separates are the only way to go. Since I have been using separates, I have tended not to take recievers like the Denon seriously. But there is a custom installer here, OFF THe Wall, who sell Denon's top of the line gear. I must admit I was suprised to hear a reciever sound that good. But, a good separate system still will outperform it. I see the Aragon 8008X5 selling for 2700.00 new on the internet. That would leave you a lot of room for a high-end surround processor. Then you would be left only to decide which surround processor was best. You would then get to see us fight too!http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
Never become so involved with something that it blinds you.
[This message has been edited by Bulldogger (edited 05-20-2001).]