Same reason I upgraded to an EP500 from an EP350. Hmmmmm those M80's would be nice as well.
Haha, don't even get me thinking about that!
Floor standing speakers won't really benefit me in my room size, so thats a good thing!
Strange how your budget for the HT can increase so dramatically. I've added about $1000CAD since last week to my estimate. Spending around $2000CAD just on sound (speakers and SVS 10" sub). I decided to go with Axioms as opposed to JBL Studio L speakers simply because of audioholics.com review of the Axioms. That added about $500 more right there!
I first told my wife the whole thing would be around $5000, now its looking like $6000! I haven't told her yet...hahaha.