First post to Audio Karma. Really looking for advice for those that have experiences with these three boxes. I almost bought a SX-3800 local and ended up buying an SX-980 and it works really good. I love the look of the SX-xx80 series because of the black meters. I have read the SX-1250 is the best bet overall. After having the SX-980 I really think I need or want a SX-1080 but then I figure if I do that I will want the SX-1280. Truly the SX-980 is loud enough. I run a 10 band EQ through my setup and it sounds excellent. I bought a brand new pair of BIC America Eviction Series Speakers. 15" with a 5.25 mid and horn tweeter. I keep coming around to the fact I want or think I need to have the 1280. The rational side of my thinks I bet there isn't that much more to gain. Please help me with my 1st world problems and tell me why or why not go bigger.