I have personaly spent some time with the GoldenEars and to be honest, I was very very underwhelmed. I thought that my Definitive Technology BP-30's sounded better. I also own a pair of Ascend Sierra-1's, and while they arent the towers, they sounded much better than the GoldenEars. The Ascends are more detailed, more reveiling, wider + deeper soundstage, better imaging, clearer midrange, the only thing the GoldenEars have on the Ascends are the bottom end bass. If I were in your shoes, I would go with the Sierra Towers with the Horizon center as that would give you a hell of a setup!