KEF are great if you go with their higher end stuff at least. I own at least 7 KEF Reference speakers at present. Their speakers range anywhere from the $300 region up to their flagship Muon speakers at $198,000/pair. They are made in Maidstone, England, and Raymond Cooke, who founded KEF, did so in the 1970s, and passed away in the 1990s.
Klipsch is OK, though not a personal favorite of mine for the most part. MartinLogan is another outstanding speaker company, as is Definitive Technologies (DefTech) and B&W (Bower & Wilkins) if you want to listen to some really quality speakers.