Originally Posted by macmanjpc
I have a very loving and understanding wife that lets me buy my toys without asking too many questions.
You have recieved great advice here. If you dig deeper, perhaps reading a book dedicated to residential audio, you'll find that the speakers and your room make up most of what you hear from your stereo. The room your wife has allowed you to use for HT/stereo is small and crowded with her decorative items.
The best investment you can make, if you are serious about sound, is finishing out the basement and moving all of your gear down there with a chair, your stereo and acoustic treatments.