@ Eljay, I dont really have any specific budget so to speak ... Im by no means rich but Im not afraid to spend my cash.
That's good to know.
My room is going to be 19 feet wide, 18 feet deep, a 120 inch screen split in the middle of that 19 feet width, with a sub on either side of the screen, an Optoma HD33 3D projector, and whatever else I buy for equipment mounted in a Middle Atlantic rack.
That's a good-sized room, and a nice big screen!
I regret not having gone larger than 100". Maybe one day...
I would "Like" to get separate amps and preamps and all that fancy stuff, but the truth is I have no idea how to hook all that up, or match it, or even what to buy, so I will most likely buy a nice AVR.
Get a good AVR that has all the features you want/need plus pre-outputs, so that if you do decide to get a separate amp, you can always hook up to it later on. (Hook up's easy: run RCA-to-RCA connections from your AVR's pre-outs to the amp, and connect your speakers to the amp instead of the AVR.) In a room your size, you're not likely to need a separate amp anyway unless you play stuff really loud, you run lots of speakers off your AVR and/or your AVR is underpowered (and you hear distortion when you crank up the volume).
I see you are from Ottawa, I was up there years ago for Winterlude once and the Grey Cup, that was really cool. a friend of mine lives out off Hunt Club road.
Ottawa's a pretty nice city. I haven't been to WIndsor, but my cousin's daughter moved there from Ottawa and recently got married to a local (Windsor) guy. So I may have to head down there one day. I hear it's a nice place.
So how do you buy equipment online ...
I bought an Emotiva amp and had it shipped to a depot in Niagara Falls, USA, then picked it up when I was visiting a buddy near St. Catharines. And I had my CHT subs delivered. I'd probably buy more stuff if I lived closer to the border, but the nearest crossing is Ogdensburg, which is about an hour away. And, actually, I really don't need anything at this time.
Anything I buy online I will most likely buy from a US vendor, get shipped to my buddy's house over in Detroit, and drive over there to pick it up. I can cross the border, drive to his house, and be back home in just over an hour.
That's a pretty sweet set-up for getting stuff from the States!
I see that link to the dual Epik Legends has 2 for $899, imagine how bad I would get stuffed for taxes and fees to have that shipped across the border. If I could find somewhere online in Canada for a similar price I would buy everything I need from them.
You could always wait for a sale on Outlaw LFM-1 Plus or EX subs, at which time shipping is usually included. A couple of either of those would be a good way to go.
In terms of getting something from Canada, dual SVS PB12-NSDs from SonicBoomAudio.com - located in Markham, IIRC - would be a great way to go.
Anyway, that's enough typing for now.
Hope some of this helps.