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Thanks for all the suggestions so far! Looks like a lot to decide between.
I can position the speakers wherever is best relative to my chair. For now let's ignore the room "treatment" though, because the topic I'm interested in speakers, and that is why I posted it on a speaker forum. I'll deal with treatment later I guess, assuming that's not inseparably tied to speaker selection.
As for cabinets, the more plain and simple, the better. I love the Verita piano black finish for example. I actually actively dislike elaborate and complex cabinet designs. If possible I want nothing to do with what I call "jewelry for guys" - i.e. audiphile etc. equipment that is as much about flaunting your extravagance than the sound itself. I just want great sound, in a package I can, ideally, ignore entirely. I even dislike wood finish (maybe I'm weird) because I prefer a cleaner modern look in my office / entertainment room etc.
Rick Craig's posts are not derailing this thread - if anything respectful debate here will only help my decision. As far as measurements go, it's really unfair to call posting measurements a marketing gimmick. If anything, it's the opposite. Failing to post measurements is extremely sketchy to me (ala Bose) as far as what it says about their marketing strategy. I'm sure the unmeasured speakers mentioned are highly respected and all, but saying that posting measurements is a gimmick because they can be forged is just... bizzarre.
As for the $200 NHT Absolute Zero, is this really worth bothering with? How can a $200 speaker compete with my $1500 headphones? I already said I'm looking something that will at least come near my HD800s detail if that's at all possible, in addition to the bonuses that obviously come with speakers. And once again, I'm not a basshead, bass extension isn't that important. Superb sound quality in the musical range (and something good for movies and games) is really my sole priority at this point.