I was at my local audio specialty store looking for a 6 speaker system for around $2,000 and the owner, who has been pretty good to me over the past couple years, had some interesting opinions. He suggested 3 Alon bookshelf speakers for the front and 3 PSB 10S for the sides and rear. 1 - Is anyone familiar with Alon speakers? He says they are a specialty speakers from NY and he just raved about how amazing they are. (Unfortunately, they were out of stock - I have to go back tommorrow afternoon to hear them.) 2 - He feels there is no reason to match like make/drivers between the front and rear channels, especially when the rears are all non-directional like the 10S. 3 - He also took issue with using a receiver x-over to the sub, saying something about it "just slows everything down" and I was better off running my mains as "large" and wiring the sub directly? Any input would be appreciated.