It's that time of my life (creeping up on mid-life crisis -- coincidence?) where I'm redoing my entire HT set-up from scratch but my budget, at the moment, still isn't as large as I'd like. I also live in Canada which means my online choices are limited (unless I order from the States and get killed by customs on duty and other fees).
There's a dealer in Winnipeg that sells Monitor speakers, amongst others. One of their staff really recommends the RX6 and I've read enough about it both here, and at other forums, that it's a pretty great speaker for the money. Hopefully soon I'll have a chance to test drive them and see if they're all that.
I'm going to build it piece meal as it's probably the best way to go. On the one hand it's frustrating because having everything all at once would be awesome but on the other it's not feasible. So my questions to you Monitor owners:
If I don't get a sub with this purchase (again, the damn budget; plan on ordering one online in the future, perhaps from SVS) what would be the better second speaker(s) to go with: a centre channel or surrounds? Or just wait it out and get one of them later? Right now my wife is allowing me $2500 for the initial purchase. The WAF isn't about the size or kind of speakers, it's how much play money she's allowing me to have.
Also, has anyone done mis-matching with their Monitor set-ups, for example, Silver fronts (L/C/R) but Bronze surrounds? I personally don't have a very large room (about 16' by 14') and any surrounds I do get will be about a foot behind my couch, max.
Finally, is the purchase of speakers the most difficult thing you'll do in your entire life, even more than marriage?