So, the situation I find myself in:
A friend, and maniacal Paradigm fanatic, wants to buy my Monitor 11 system before I move (pending wife acceptance). I got a great price and he's getting a great price so everyone makes out (especially since I really wanted to upgrade my center anyway)! This has lead me to looking for a replacement system (I am keeping my EP350v3 sub).
Going to the FO I can get the M80s with M60 center and 2x QS8 for under $2k (only a bit more than what I am getting from buddy). Interestingly, if I trade in my M3s for retail M22s and get 3x M60 from the FO (and 2x QS8) it comes out to slightly less cash. The M22s would be doing dbl duty going between the 'gym' and home theatre as M82 components. Money isn't really a major issue, just my own miserliness.
My current Rx is a Sherwood Newcastle R771 [so no problems with a 4 ohm load, although I will eventually be going HDMI so will either go seperates ('cause I can
) or Denon 3808 type Rx].
So my question would be, to those who have experimented with this sort of thing, is there really much improvement with the 82 and is the added perceived sonic quality of the M82 worth the hassle, height, tippiness, etc that comes from stacking and wiring the speakers? No real WAF to worry about (although a girl did talk to me last week; I got $3.97 back) and I am, within reason, a substance over style kinda guy. I won't be getting the system until I've got the new place so, at this time, I have no clue what the room will be like so this might be a moot discussion anyway.