Hey Bigsky Hifi, I saw those picture of your 601's, and I have a couple questions for you. Please don't take offense to anything I am going to say, I'm not really a Bose basher, and I don't care about Bose one way or the other, I'm am genuinely curious. I have not seen those speakers before, and their design struck me. I'm not an audiophile, and I don't know much about the fundamentals of speaker design, but they look to me like they would be an awful design as far as directionality goes. They look like they would do well for a monophonic speaker, or a PA speaker, but for a stereo or surround sound system, they seem to be breaking all the rules. If I had to guess based on their appearance, I would say their soundstage would be a complete blur, but it would present an enveloping sound almost like surround sound.
Anyhow, my questions are:
Does their soundstage sound as nebulous as their design suggests?
Have you compared their soundstage to more traditional speaker designs? Am I right in guessing you preferred the 601s?
If you prefer the enveloping sound effect they might have, have you thought about switching over to a matrixed 5.1, 7.1, or 9.1 surround sound system using more traditional speakers?
Also, I don't recognize those subwoofers, what model are those?
Understand I am not trying to knock you or your sound system. If you enjoy your system, nothing else anyone here says matters. Hell, the best speakers to my ears so far were some of the Klipsch heritage lines, and to most around here they would be way too blazing hot.