After a lot of research and plenty of help from the kind people on this board, I decided on the Orion Xt10. At $599, it seemed like a great deal....
However, after reading the reviews (almost all highly positive, I noticed that many people replaced the finder as they found it low end. Additionally, some people even replaced the focuser, claiming that a 2-speed focuser is necessary for fine tuning the view. Looking at the cost of upgrading the X10 from Orion, I would have to add $350 to have a decent finder scope and 2-speed focuser.
With this in mind, I looked at the Meade website and see that they sell a truss dobsonian, the Light-Bridge 10. This lists for $699 but can be purchased online for $700 including light shade. The Light-Bridge has a 2 speed focuser, a decent finder, a cooling fan and a 2" Wide Field 26mm eyepiece (compared to the 1.25 25mm Plossel with the Xt10.)
With the differences between the two scopes, isn't the Meade Light Bridge 10 a much better deal?