Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the helpful comments.
I've known all along that the mix of our room and my need to fly this all past my wife's sensibilities was going to be perhaps one of the biggest challenges.
Bill, I'm not sure I would call MLs 'bright'....I've had a long time love affair with electrostatics and I know there are those that love them and those that hate them. Do you call them bright perhaps because they are particularly revealing of the upper mid range? I, for one, am attracted to their upper midrange, transparency, and handling of transients. Still, it is difficult for me to audition MLs here in Switzerland, and my auditioning of MLs (and Apogees) is dated and was in rooms that are very different to mine. So.......I'm not absolutely rigidly fixed on MLs, but I do think that I am after electrostatics and if anyone wants to throw in a suggestion or two that would be well suited to this room then I'm all ears. So to speak http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
Equally well, John, I take your point about the PSBs having a different sonic character. I wanted bipolars for surrounds because I appreciate a bit more directional cues on those channels.....the PSB's are relatively innocuous looking, have had good reviews, and come in white....more of my trying to balance what my wife will accept going into our living room. If anyone has other suggestions for surround speakers, or a whole line of speakers for such a room I'm open to suggestions.
Still, my preference for electrostatics is something I would have a hard time giving up.....I love the sound, they actually have less ceiling/floor reflections, and with judicious toeing in and perhaps a few more plants I am hoping to be able to deal with my glass wall 'problem' in a way that my wife will be happy with.
Heck, maybe I should re-post this as a request for best music/HT design for the room I am stuck with? http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/confused.gif