Eventually, I plan on building a 5.1 system for around $2000 (minus sub, speakers only). The front LR and rears will probably be bookshelves due to space considerations, and since I don't forsee myself having much space in the next few years (I'm at college), the speakers will have to be placed very close to the walls. Front ported or sealed speakers might be in order. I am using a Harman Kardon 320 receiver right now (55 watts/channel) and dont think I will have the money to upgrade to anything more powerful anytime soon. So, the speakers should be able to play with a relatively low amount of power. I currently have Acoustic Research AR15s in the front, and while they are very good, I feel like I might be missing something. I prefer a brighter speaker mainly because it results in a more detailed, crisp sound though I understand that some speakers (like the Rockets) can do that even though they are warmer. That is ok too. Finally, I like my music and movies to be loud, so the speakers should be able to handle the massive ( ) 55 watts my reciver puts out without much distortion. I dont think this should be a problem in my price range but you never know. I am guessing that a realistic price range (if I want 4 matched bookshelves and a center) per bookshelf pair should be between $500 and $700. For that price, I have been looking at the: Rocket RS250: Everyone loves them, though they are warmer they are still detailed. I think these might be my best option but I am worried about my not optimal placement and weak receiver bringing them down. One of the best looking speakers that I have listed. ACI Emeralds: Only heard about them recently...I down have any real impressions on them other than the fast that their owners seem to be pretty satisfied. NHT SB3: Tight and bright, I should like the way they sound but I might not have the amplifier power to drive them well. I think they are sealed too, so placement near walls shouldn't be as much of an issue. Polk Lsi9: No opinion Axiom M3Ti: Cheaper than the others but they are bright. They are pretty efficient speakers so I shouldn't have a problem getting them to play loudly. On the downside, at $275 a pair, I feel like I might get better overall sound by going one of my other choices. Paradigm Studio 20s: Seem good but after reading threads on the amount of power the Studio 100s need I can't help but wonder if my receiver power is not sufficient. Home Theater Direct Level Four: Has anyone heard the Home Theater Direct Level Four bookshelf speakers? I have not heard these speakers nor have I heard from anyone who owns them. I don't know how they sound, but with the silk dome tweeter I'm guessing they might be a bit more laid back on the high end, and maybe a bit mellower overall. As long as they are clear and detailed this shouldn't be a problem. Also, they are front ported which should be a good thing. I am a bit ashamed to say this but I am really looking for someone to give the OK on these speakers just because of how much I love the looks of them (both shape and finish mappa burl). Still, I know that sound quality is king and since I don't have much money for experimentation I need to be really sure that these speakers sound good too. Any opinions?