I have found myself helping yet another person with their audio questions. This time instead of a dance studio, a friend of mine is interested in a pair of tower speakers for a stereo setup. With a budget of roughly $1000-1200 what would y'all suggest? Oh yes, aesthetics are very important for her. Think of it as a WAF, only she's the one that must approve them, hah! She's quite partial to the NHT ST-4 for obvious aesthetic reasons. In researching them, I've heard about a 800 Hz peak in their response, and a metallic characteristic as well. Supposedly this can be remedied by facing the speakers straight forward with the grill off, or toed in with the grill on. My main concern with these speakers was the side firing 8" woofer. Will this pose the same problem that a Def Tech powered woofer would? From what I've read here, it seems like multiple bass sources will give you peaks/nulls and are very hard to setup correctly. They appear to have a low sensitivity, would an HK225 be enough to drive them? I own a pair of Axiom towers, so of course my first suggestion was the M80ti's. A LOT of speaker for the money, but how does it stack up against the NHTs? While it's not quite as snazzy looking as the piano black finish, I really enjoy the look of my M50ti's with the grills off. I also suggested the Rocket 550s. SVS and Axiom have made me a huge internet-direct fan, so the Rockets had to be included in the running as well. Though I have not heard nearly as much praise for the smaller 550 as I have for the 750. Then there are the other regulars, Energy and Paradigm. From the Energy line, she is considering the Connoisseur C9s. What would be roughly equivalent from Paradigm? Any fans of the B&W 604 towers?? Any other suggestions out there? Oh yes, she would be driving the speakers with an AV receiver, specifically the Harman Kardon 225. I know this is not the receiver forum, but maybe she would be better off selling that and getting an integrated amplifier. What do you think? Edit: oh yes, I forgot to mention that we will definitely be auditioning speakers!! Either some time this weekend or next. I just want some opinions. After auditioning speakers on my own last summer, I ended up buying the Axioms due to this forum .