The school year has just ended and now I begin my summer job working at my dad's hardware store. I plan to be making at least $1200 this year and have been dreaming of replacing my rather beat up speakers. (K05B50's from speakerpage.com, Discontinued now..) Here is the deal with my current speakers: One of the K05's woofers blew while using the pair as rear speakers in our basement HT. I tore off all of the fabric that was permanently glued to the cabinet and replaced the driver with the same one. The problem is, they didn't have the EXACT same one, and the one I had to purchase was the unshielded version. So now one of my speakers is unshielded, and it is extrememly inconvenient. So next I painted the cabinets black, unfortunately the paint didn't hold up and there are plenty of nicks and dents and scrapes all over the cabinets. In short, I need new speakers!(and one of the ports fell out, Hehe..) So this is what I am thinking of: I am VERY seriously interested in Ascend Acoustics. I am looking at the CBM-170 as the perfect replacement for the K05's, similiar size, and most likely much better sound. I am also very seriously considering some Magnepan lower end speakers. I KNOW, big difference between CBM's and Magnepan. I am very curious about what people say about the Magnepan's ability to reproduce the size of instruments, and the detail they can bring out of the music. I'd like a taste of this sound for sure, but I have some placement issues. I don't think I can bring the speakers any more than two feet from the rear wall, and they would be pretty close to the side walls as well. I also couldn't listen more than 6 or 7 feet away. As you can see it is pretty constrained. My budget covers more than just speakers though. I also have to get a new Cd player. I will be purchasing a NAD player as I already have a C370 amplifier(120W per channel) So the cd player will run me about 200 to 500 dollars( I think) based on which model I get. So that leaves me at least $700 dollars for a pair of speakers. So I could get the CBM-170's and the matching stands for about $450, and have no placement issues, or go with Magnepan and possibly get the MMG for $550 and have a whole load of placement issues. I know the CBM's with work out, but the Magnepan is extremely interesting and I was wondering what you all thought about my situation. I have the Adire Rava subwoofer and it serves me well, so no problem there.