Hi guys, been back into the hobby for a few years now and I’ve absolutely been loving it. Long story short I started with a budget Craigslist find with an old Sony ES receiver, Wharfedale Diamond 9 towers and CC with SW250 subwoofer and have bought and sold my way to my current setup which I’ve spent a total of $1,000 on. It is a\n\n1) Denon x3300w\n2) Mirage Omni 260 towers\/Mirage OM-10 towers\/Mirage OMD-28 towers (I alternate them depending on my mood it seems)\n3) Mirage MX sats for top middles\n4) Mirage Omnisat’s or Mirage OMD-5’s for surrounds\n5) Wharfedale SW250 10” sealed subwoofer, Cambridge Soundworks sealed 12” subwoofer, pair of Sunfire SDS-10 subwoofers.\n6) Mirage OM-C2 or OMD-C2 center channel. I use the OM when I’m using the OM or Omni speakers as the Omni CCB1 center channel sounds awful to me and the OMD when I’m using the OMD-28 towers.\n7) Fisher CA-885 200WPC integrated receiver being used as a cheapo power amp for the mains.I know what you’re thinking! Fisher! What crap. But I got it for $20 in the original box new old stock from a nice old guy on Craigslist and found its one of the good Fishers with a 700 watt power rating on the rear and quite a few good online reviews attesting to the power capability. It made a world of difference between running even the Omni 260’s off the x3300w as far as low end response and fullness of sound; it might be all in my head though.\n\nAgain guys, I post here and there and read as much as I have time for to further my own knowledge. Now recently I met a couple local guys who have these amazing high end speaker setups. Last night I had a few beers with a condescending gentlemen who had a pair of Wilson Audio something towers that he said were around $30k a pair running off some monoblock amps that retailed for $10k I’ve never even heard of. We listened to some music and than a few movie scenes. He has no subwoofer and for movies runs the towers as large with an Arcam Pre\/Pro connected to those Monoblocks. Now listen for music I could hear a difference between my OMD\/MX 5.2.4 setup and his two channel setup and it did sound a little better than my own but for home theater ; his $50,000+ system just sounded lifeless to me and the dialogue was muffled and I really wasn’t impressed. Now this is a guy who others in our social circle go to for advice here and there so I kept my opinions to myself for the time being. I noticed his towers were about 2” from his rear wall, 5” from his side walls and roughly 4 feet apart. Again this type of spacing seems off to me but I’m still a beginner. He has heard my system and he went on to tell me and I quote “When are you going to ditch the college kid speakers and buy your first grown up speaker system” I told him while Mirage wasn’t ever $30k a pair, Andrew Welker was a very good engineer in my opinion and his work at Mirage and now Axiom audio has gotten great reviews. That aside it seems like you either love the Mirage sound or hate it, but with the exception of some of the made in China crap, I don’t believe they made poor quality products that should be lumped into a “college kid” with a pair of Sony bookshelf speakers blasting music out his window. He than went onto tell me how I didn’t need all these speakers to have immersive audio if I properly place my left and right speakers (which ironically, unless I’m going deaf I truly DO NOT believe he has done) and while I responded that’s your opinion just like how what sounds good to someone is subjective to which he told me “that’s incorrect, all audio should be played back completely flat in and completely flat acoustic environment” now correct me if I’m wrong but I thought Dr. Floyd O’Toole as well as a few other well respected audio sites said that some room reflections are good and a completely dead room often sounds awful. Anyways, that’s my story. Am I wrong here? This guy is much older and I feel like some of his thoughts on home theater are out dated. I mean I’ve listened to movies in stereo on my OMD-28’s and it does sound great but to me if I want a sound to come from behind me, it makes sense you should have a speaker there? Right? I don’t know guys, just looking for input as I’ll probably have many more social experiences with this guy and at one point I’d like to be able to maybe open his eyes to other trains of thought. Thanks guys!