If you're serious about listening, you'll know how to properly setup your system at home and you'll recognize the impact of the dealer's room on the sound. Just because I get them in my home doesn't mean they'll be set-up properly or I'll get good results.
A speaker's sound is going to be impacted by the room and set-up but it's not going to change the overall character of the speaker. A Klipsch will sound like a Klipsch in any room and a Paradigm speaker is going to sound like a Paradigm speaker in any room. A Paradigm speaker will never sound like a Klipsch in any room.
Return shipping is a major pain. Driving 20-30 miles ain't so bad unless it's rush hour.
Thanks for all of the input. I pulled the trigger today on the B&W's. I've got a good relationship with my local guy (ie...I spend lots of $ with him) so he hooked me up. Gave me the 601's (x4) and the LCR600 for the price of the 600's and LCR60. Now I just have to choose a sub............PB10-NSD, PB12-NSD, or the 25-31 PCi or 20-39 PCi. ~sigh~
Any big difference in the box vs cyllinder SVS? Besides the size and wife factor?
It basically comes down to the size and wife factor. If you have a big wife, get the smaller sub.
Actually, they're the same performance-wise. That's not a small room, so you might benefit from the added headroom of the 25-31. Any of them would likely keep up with the mains, though, and I'd set the receiver's crossover to 100Hz if possible to maximize clean headroom. Speakers as "small", of course.