Absolutely. I have found quite a few AV stores around me, but very few actually stock speakers. 90% of them want to just ask what you are going to use, order them, and install them without you ever auditioning first. I can understand where they come from because it is so expensive, but at the same time it makes our job difficult.
I have listened to Martin Logans, Definitive, B&W, Klipsch, Polk (slightly), Paradigm, and soon to be Ascend. Are there any other recommendations for me in my price range of 1k-1.5k for the front 3? So far my top choice is the B&W CM series...either the 1 or the 5. I am fine with ID companies if there are any others that make them within my budget.