thanks for the offer, I am about 90miles east of Albany, NY. but since I've already bought the Thiel CS2.4s, and love 'em, I don't think I want to audition any main speakers at this time, you know, what if I like it? gotta love what I already have, right? :P Anyway, I am not using any DAC, just a Sony PS3 connects to an Onkyo tx-nr5007 receiver via HDMI. I am using 2 Parasound monoblocks HCA-1201A to drive the CS2.4s. Center channel is Def Tech CLR1000, which I will replace with a SCS4 in the near future. I have 3 pr of Wharfedale diamond 8 DFS for the surrounds, a pr of Velodyne from the classic home theater 5.0 package for heights, all driven by the receiver's internal amps. Sub is an old Velodyne F1500.