Well I had not chimed in due to your budget constraints, but I think you should look at the Aperion Grand Verus towers. I really enjoy mine, they are great in the mids and highs and in the cherry finish they look fantastic. Customer service is top notch and they have a ten yr warranty. You also have 30 day in home trial w/ free shipping both ways if you aren't satisfied. Check their website and their thread. About $300 over your earlier limit.