Hi. I have been listening to Polk RT 1000's for the mains, Rt 800's for the surrounds, and the CS 400 for the center. These speaker get really, IMO, harsh at louder volumes. They are driven by a Ref 50 and Sherbourn Amp combo. My theater room is also the living room (I live in an apartment), it has hardwood floors, and is probably 400 - 500 sq. feet. I do want the speakers to have a real wood veneer and to look good because when people walk through my front door the speakers are among the first things that they see. I have a Velodyne spl 1200. I liked the sound of the Monitor Gold speakers I heard at Good Guy's but they are out of my price range. My dealer will give me a hell of a deal on the new Polk series. Maybe $499 - $549 for the rti 12's, for example. If you had to meet the criteria I just listed and you had $3500 - 3750 total to spend what would you buy for a 7.1 setup? Thanks in advance for any help that you can give.