I've done a lot of reading and a fair amount of auditioning, then rinsed and repeated, and ended up roughly back where I started in my quest for "the best speakers" for me, but knowing more about speakers in general. What I'm looking for are speakers that are capable of reproducing the heavier pulse of rock, bass guitars, etc without being muddled, and while still having smooth and sweet highs. For example, Axiom's are out, they sound too shrill and fatiguing. Paradigm's (at least, the monitors) are out because they sound like a whole lot of "blah". I listened to Acoustic Energy and liked their sweetness, but they couldn't do bass too well. I liked Totem Arro's wide sound stage, but they didn't quite cut it in the mids. They did sound terrific for everything else though. I would probably be pairing whatever speakers I buy with an SVS sub, so I don't need TOO much bass extension, what I am looking for mostly is presence and definition in the mids. Well I'd really like good definition throughout, but I'd trade some of that for a little more presence in the mids. The speakers will be going into a fairly large room (24'x 20'x 10') but I only listen at what I call moderately high volumes. I'm looking to spend $1500 for 5 channels, but I'm willing to wait on surround sound and just get mains and a center for $1500. Any recommendations out there?