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With that budget I would definitely go with the B&W diamond series if you decide to stick to that route. From the CM book shelf speakers, I would definitely recommend the CM5 over the CM1. There are a lot of other options as well including KEF (previously mentioned), Monitor Audio, Dynaudio, and Focal. Have you considered ID (internet direct) companies? Ascend Acoustics, Salk, Philharmonic Audio are just a few options.
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HT/Living room: FR/FL Sierra 1 NrT, Sierra-1 NrT Center, B&W ASW610, Yamaha RX-A2030, Oppo BDP-93, ATV.
2-channel: B&W 804D, B&W ASW608, Parasound P5, Parasound A23, Marantz CD5004, Rega RP1, Bluesound Node2.