Just wanted to pop in over here (via the WAC GTG thread) and throw in my hearty endorsement for the Totem HAWK. Can't speak for the other Totems, but the HAWK is an amazing speaker... hands down one of my favorites. If you can find a pair used they are a bargain. Nice video review of them posted over in GTG thread. In my somewhat extensive search it was between the Hawks and the SongTowers within my original budget, both outstanding for the money.. I ultimately shattered that budget and went a little bigger... but that's me. If you haven't done so already scan through my "Speakerquest" and Nuance's "journey" thread (links are in our sigs). Lots of good info there about speakers in the price range you seem to be looking, from many different people and manufacturers (though some of it may be getting a little out of date now, much of it is still relevant).
In addition to the Philharmonics (haven't heard them, but a good choice I think), I would also be looking at the Sierra Towers... If I were buying right now.