I guess I feel obligated to post this (really to help those reading this thread). I definitely have views about imaging, compression (distortion?) , accuracy, dynamics etc and speakers. I believe there are real dynamic speakers and speakers designed to play at lower spls but with after tones decay etc.
(and some that AIM for both).
Now that said if you are looking for great dynamic speakers and speakers that will just blow u away at higher spls, mark, jeff will give you GREAT bang for buck AND they are great guys. That said personalities aside and if you can get by a lot, of well, attitude, for ( only) slightly smaller rooms, I have to say that the gedlee abbeys offered a lot of the qualities that some might be looking for aside from stereo pinpoint imaging (which will not be important with a center). They play very loud no distortion or compression and I thought they were darn good for music, pinpoint imaging not withstanding. I owned them and sold them to a very knowledgeable avsr who had linkwitz Orion's and he loved the abbeys. They were first generation abbeys and they supposedly have been improved. Fwiw, this guy has had a lot of high end speakers and equipment and post in the over 20k forum. This isn't an endorsement of the abbeys although I think they are very good. What I am trying to do is give a view of why some liked one speaker over another. Look at the ratings and then look at how loud the speaker will play before breaking up then look at what the reviewer liked!
Also, although I did not hear the distortion in the one selection I heard on soundscape 10's, they blew me away. Just as an FYI, read Sean olive, toole, and Nousaine about comparing only one speaker for comparisons. I agree with them.
If I ever do a blind test, it will be only one speaker vs one other speaker, quick switching. AND those tests are damn hard to do fairly.