The center speaker is actually a 3 in 1 speaker by Mirage called the Unitheater which has all three channels with omnipolar tweeters. I also have the matching omnipolar rear surrounds. I am reasonably happy with it so far. Obviously the look was a deciding factor although I may move to some sleek discrete speakers in the near future. I was using some paradigm speakers before that sounded great but did not go with our decor, I do miss the wide soundstage though. Mirage makes some Omnipolar floorstanders that would work but I will try this for awhile. This particular all in one front speaker has a wider soundstage than the other similiar products I have listened to because of the omnipolar tweeters. The Yamaha is designed to simulate a 5.1 surround setup without rear speakers. I strongly felt that there is no substitute for discrete rear surrounds so I passed on the Yamaha.
I am partial to canadian speakers and their sound but may venture away in the future. My concession to that is my subwoofer which is an HSU VTF12 in gloss black ie monster?
as Mike1117 mentioned before the stand is a BDI avion noir the smaller of the two sizes available
thanks everybody for the feedback
As for the TV, I have been using the break in dvd almost all the time since getting the TV. I set the picture mode to standard and adjusted everything to 0 and found that I was pretty happy with that although I will start tweaking very soon. I have Avia, DVE and the new ISF disc from monster and a radio shack spl meter for the sound. I will put up my settings for what its worth.
The picture looks great! but I feel that the image size and sense of immersion give me more impact than the improved picture quality over my old vizio. This tend to make me feel that in the future if I had to sacrifice a little on picture quality for square inches I am not embarrased to say I would pick the bigger tv. I have videophile tendencies and do notice the inadequencies in modern displays but I am lucky enough to enjoy watching despite them if i feel immersed into the picture.
The panny was the perfect compromise for me and expect to be enjoying well into the future.
as an aside, I had posted earlier that I was purchasing from panny direct with corporate pricing only to find out that costco had it in their store for a little more. I felt the peace of mind buying at costco was worth the price difference and was able to cancel my panny direct order (refused delivery) and will not be charged a restocking fee. and purchased at a local costco.
sorry about the ranting!
anybody else have pics of their setup? We would love to see them!