I just about have my system setup.
I chose the speakers based on the recommendations of people here on the Forum. No store in Cincinnati had them on display so I made my decision as I said from the comments others here had made. And I have no regrets. They sound as good or better than what I expected. So thank you everyone for convincing me.
Right now I have them hooked up to a custom 'Dynaco' based amp referred to as the VTA ST-120. Basically it looks like a Dynaco ST-70 but puts out 60 watts per channel in ultralinear mode and 35 WAC in triode mode. I purchased an SP10 preamp from the same company. The owners of this company sell either kits or assembled components. I chose to let them do the assembly. Their work is impeccable. They use modern, upgraded components that will work with original Dynaco amps but they have basically redesigned the PCB of the amp and use more reliable, better made resistors, caps, diodes, transformers, etc.
I said I bought the SP10 preamp from them but after hearing about how the SP12 preamp they sell uses an upgraded power supply and 2 tubes per channel instead of 1 on the SP10 I asked if they would let me upgrade. They did and I'll have the new preamp on Monday.
That's not to say the SP10 was bad. It's just that people on their forum praised the dynamics and soundstage of the SP12. I had the SP10 plugged in and listened for perhaps 12 hours. It really did compliment the amp.
I purchased the amp with an attenuator installed so I could plug in a CD player and use the attenuator as a volume control...but I could also connect a preamp, turn the attenuator all the way up so it bypasses acting as a volume control.
With the SP10 plugged in I could only turn the volume up to the 9 o'clock position before it started getting quite loud. I live in a condo so I didn't want piss off the neighbors.
Anyway...I am quite happy with my system and I can only imagine it getting better as the amp and preamp components go through the breaking cycle.
I used a Sony receiver to breaking my LSiM703's and I am really happy with. I'm not sure if I would have liked the 705 or 707's. Incidentally I used 30" Sanus Ultimates as the stands. I haven't added any extra weight and feel at this time these were also a good suggestion by other forum members here.