Thanks for the kind words! Quick responses -- family coming home today, yay!
Rex: Forgot about your Dunlavy's -- those are monsters! Yah, the Salon2's are deep and fairly tall but not too wide so actually do not look imposing. Of course, I had a 7.1 Magnepan setup before, so except for their depth these Salon2's are actually "little guys".
Chris: Room is 13'3" W x 17'7" deep x 8'6" high (a duct soffit on the left side chops that down about a foot). Heavily treated. My original plans were for a room about 1/3 larger and primed dimensions; lost out to add a bedroom for our younger son (now on his own) and the connecting hallway. My wife actually suggested I could remodel but we're getting close enough to retirement (I hope!) that I don't want to blow a bundle. With floating walls/ceiling and the minisplit HVAC unit it was easily the most expensive room in the place even before all the toys went in.
Chris/Rich: Yes, six Salon2 speakers (listed in the post with the pictures), in a conventional 7.1 setup (with four Rythmik subs; I think you can only see the front pair in the pictures). The sides are a little forward of the listening position -- works better with the couch and door.
Rich: The subs include level and continuous phase controls that I use to help align everything (used REW this time around). They also have a LPF (crossover) and PEQ but I'm just using the XMC-1 for that. After trying different things I run them as two pair in dual-mono mode and that seems to work well.
This is a real dream system and well beyond what I ever expected to own. Some great deals and help from John and crew, large bonus after the kids got jobs, and very understanding wife (who's dealt with my audio obsession for decades) resulted in this "end game" system. I have no desire nor plans to do Atmos or whatever despite gentle prodding by John, Joel and Rex that they could easily fit a projector and extra speakers in there. Maybe someday, but for now I'm happy, and the real kicker is that between Work and Life I have hardly any time to spend there.
Toodles - Don