You should go and test this 'sales person'. Ask him if he has ever herd of a little out fit called ATI.
I'm in the same camp as Gonk - both sport Paradigm 60's.
There are other worthy choices..... Rocket, RBH, Axiom, and other from across the pond(east). Obviously i have just scratched the surface for speaker choices.
Have fun searching....
Outlaw 990/7125, Oppo, Xbox 360, Paradigm (L/R/C), Polk (S), M&K Sub w/ SMS-1, Samsung LED-DLP HDTV, Signal Cable, Brickwall