Well I guess you got a bit off topic there but then so did I. It was interesting though to see how you have built your system, much the same as me bit by bit over time as finances allow as a result I have ended up with two fairly decent (one a fair bit older than the other) systems both based on decent Pio AVR's.
From what you have said I would think the 05 you have would sound pretty good but I really think IMHO an Oppo 95 (or 105 based on opinions posted here by experienced owners) would be pretty impressive but I think you might wan't to either find a dealer to demo or take advantage of the Oppo return scheme. I can only speak from experience with the 95 movies are really dynamic with good surround but the analog CD is just superb, I feel the hairs on the back of my neck raise quite regularly and have just about gone through most of my collection (quite a few) all over again and found out how good some are that I had put on the back shelf.
I sympathsize with the center speaker situation none of the Maudant Short centers would cope with my mains they all seem to be 120W with skimpy woofers I ended up with a Wharfedale Diamond 10cm rated 200W and very heavy (to lift above a TV anyway) and needs a decent shelf only reservation is the finish, it is not as good as I would like but at the price and produced performance which matches nicely with the mains I have no complaints.
Apologies for off topic
Yes, I think many of us follow the same path. SImply put, enthusiasm has always outpaced my budget. That's taught me not to underbuy though. Except risking the Rotel 1080 which paid off in spades, I'm making a point to do without until I can get the right piece and stop settling for what I can afford. The good thing is that I haven't made huge mistakes. Most of what I've bought I've still got. I don't know if that's a signthat I've made mostly good decisions, or if I'm a hoarder in denial Truthfully, I think a bit of both. Dollar for dollar - the center channel was by far the lowest return on investment at $1,800 US. Glad you found a suitable center. It's nice when everything matches and looks good together but ultimately it's about the sound right?
Your mention of the 95 is interesting as those can be found with the PAL/Region mod and for less than the 105. I think the pricing on those has ticked up a bit since Cinavia was employed in the newer models. I may have to give up on the PAL issue so I can take your advice and demo the 105 from a dealer. I presume Oppo lists dealers on their website and I'll be looking into that. Maybe an HTPC for Pal playback and a 95 or 105 for music and NTSC.
And yes, the 05 sounds good -really good. I watched Star Trek last night to warm up for today's US release of the new one Into Darkness, which we'll be watching tonight. I had not watched Star Trek since inserting the 1080 into the system and I could tell the difference. The 1080 pulls out more minute details revealing even more of what the 05 is capable of. I also watched the entire movie and it didn't register that I had taken the subs out of the loop. This would not have been the case with the mains running on the 1095. Still off topic and impressed over the impact of what in theory should have been a mostly lateral move. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then eh? I'll take my luck where I get it