At this point my top contenders are the Vapor Cirrus, Selah Tempesta or Cicondare, as well as some of the Salks. My more critical listening is with music rather than explosive HT, so I'm leaning more towards smooth, accurate pleasing sound over extreme dynamics and ability to play at reference levels.
I got my wife to look at some pictures, and she liked some of the more unusual veneers.
Salk showed a new monitor at AKFest this weekend, a 2-way with Raal tweeter and Scanspeak Illuminator @$3500/pr
. Waiting to hear some more details on those. The Soundscape M7 is appealing, but at the high end of what I'm willing to spend.
The Cirrus looks to be built to a very high quality, but they have had some trouble meeting delivery estimates so I may wait to see how that goes in the next few months. They have a new higher efficiency monitor, the Arcus, that isn't on their website yet and some reports at AKFest said the Aurora sounded really good as well.
The Selahs look to be a very good value for the quality of drivers they use, but they lose alot of that advantage if you want custom veneers.
Vapor will be at the Lone Star Audio Fest next weekend, I'm still considering going up there, but it's a long drive or a $300+ plane ticket, if more of my contenders were showing there it would be an easier decision.
I'm in no rush, will start contacting these companies for more specific details as I get closer to making the decision.
Knowing my wife all too well, I need to let some of my ideas sink in a little longer.