I've been lurking this forum for quite some time and I must say it has turned out to be the most professional of all audio forums I've found. My question has a dual fold purpose that borders on two different groups but hopefully it fits better here. I've been wanting to upgrade my system...like BAD! After compiling a stash of "Man Cash" away from the prying eyes of the wife and kids I'm raring to go! (So far a little over $3k) Because I live in northwest Montana I don't have the the opportunity to demo too many product so I'm relying on the help of my new found friends. I currently have a Denon AVR2400 with Infinity Overture 2's, and last fall picked up a Paradigm CC to test out. I thought I had it all figured out, I was going to go with a Pioneer Elite VSX-45TX and a set of Paradigm 40's and 20's (v.2) to match my center and I'd been done. Well now after hanging out here for awhile I'm really contemplating the Outlaw 950/7100 combo, anyone here do any demoing of the two and have a comparison to go by? It seems to me the Pioneer would be hands down better for processing due to the chipsets and processors present but the Outlaw seems to have the ability to hold it's own and would produce an overall better sound. But of course this is just going off what I read. Then I had a problem with Paradigm, nobody will sell to me. Hard to believe huh? When I bought my center I had to get permission from Paradigm for an Oregon based Hi-Fi store to sell one. I keep telling them I don't have a dealer in my area. There's two within 400 miles but they don't even have stores and have to special order Paradigm. Then I find out the one store Paradigm will let me purchase from doesn't have the v.2's. Well Paradigm's customer service is terrible to say the least IMO. So I started thinking about the Ascends. But is the Outlaw just a little too much for the Ascends to handle? Wouldn't there be a better paring for the Outlaw? I don't want tweeter, and cones to be sitting in my lap on my first go around. I really do want a set of speakers that can handle some power. So if anyone out there in audiophile land has some good advice I'd greatly appreciate it...because this forum does ROCK!