I did the same as Jdevine, I bought the EAD Encore first while Theta sorted out their delivery times way back then, then I sold it and bought a used Ovation.... WOW two channel music was awesome with my Sonic Frontiers SFT-1 Transport (AT cable), then I tried a ton of different amplifiers (back than I had Magnepans (Classe Sound Harsh in my system really Harsh) (Audio Research D300, D400MKII,Music Reference RM9, Hafler, SUMO,SIM (Yuk Stereophile A rated but once again for a $5000 amp Thin and no bass))... I found a deal on a used EAD Signature, Bought Balanced Transparent Reference (Xl) interconnects, Bought the EAD PowerMaster 2000 (400watts x 5 channels 8ohm)... and magic for two channel, overkill for movies because the DVD soundtracks are good enough. (HTPC with Midiman 410, Camelot Dragon 5.1).... EAD is also a piece of cake to setup... Sit in your favorite spot, hold the Mike at your ear level, Click "Auto Setup" on the remote, it plays static noise to level out all the speakers automatically and then pop come out of the speakers to automatically calculate distance and phase for every speaker...Then use the AVIA disk to setup the SUB, and your DONE!!! A work of art for that feature alone, especially if you have different brand speakers... You could get the new DVD 8000 and a good multichannel (EAD) and be done! Also they are beautiful pieces in your stereo rack. Good luck.
PS: There is a huge performance jump between the Encore and Ovation so spend the extra as the single bit DAC's in the Encore just can't resolve. (more for music than)