I opted for a system with 5 Totem Hawks and 2 Totem Rainmakers. Three of the Totem Hawks are in the great room as the left, center and right channels. The two Totem Rainmakers are the rear channels in the great room. Finally, the other 2 Totem Hawks are in my study.
I selected the Pioneer Elite SC-68 to power things. Into these speakers it has 9 channels @190 Watts per channel. I selected one of the "standard" configurations from the GUI for this unit which allows me to use 5.1 with Bi-Amped fronts and a separate ZONE 2 powered separately from the remaining 2 channels. I was also able to indicate that there is no separate sub-woofer. After that the MCCAC works its magic adjusting speaker sizing, etc, although these speakers and this setup is so sweet I usually bypass most of the electronic diddling by using "Pure Direct" mode for good recordings.
Speakers: Love them. Sound is crazy good and, to my eye, they are beautiful. My Totem Hawks are all cherry units with polished aluminum claws that make them look like modern sculpture in a sort of restrained, not in your face, way.
A/V Receiver: Someone Needs to be Fired; the Pioneer Elite SC-68 Setup & Use makes the Da Vinci Code seem like simple addition. I am not going to go into the litany of bugs, missteps, arbitrary requirements and crazy disconnects between the firmware, windows and the AV Navigator software. However...
Boy doe this setup sound good. I guess you take the bad with the good.