Hey, for what it's worth I have similiar taste in music, and bookshelves I had never really did the music justice. I first had Klipsch SF-3's (floorstands) and they were pretty good, later I added an SVS pb-10 sub, and then it was much better. I ended up moving to a much smaller apartment, and I couldnt really fit floorstands in there, so I figured a pair of bookshelves and the sub would work just as well, being the sub should take over all the low end, and the bookshelves (JBL L830's) would just cover the mid's and highs... it was good, but I definately missed the extra power and range the floorstands added. A little over a year ago, I moved again, and decided to ask for help here on new floorstands and started demoing different models. Ended up getting Revel F-12's, and couldn't be happier (well I could but it'd cost me alot more moeny). So, my advice... Bookshevles with out a sub is the worst option, floorstands alone is okay, Bookshelves and sub better, but floorstands and sub is by far the best. If you have the room for floorstands, I'd look to getting a pair of them and then save up a bit more and add a sub later. But if your only option is bookshevles, you are gonna need a sub much sooner.