I'd skip the HTD. The shipping just destroys their value. Same with Aperion. You're looking at $400 down the drain if you don't like them.
Do Crutchfield and Amazon ship free to AK? I live in Hawaii so nearly all my stuff comes from them.
If they ship free, look first at Crutchfield. Their 60 day policy is awesome as is their customer service. Amazon has a 30 day return policy. Not sure about return shipping if it's for "I just don't like it" reason.
Lots of great speakers from both. For $1500 from either place you could get a very nice set of speakers. Check out the Yamaha NS series on Amazon.
Klipsch RF-62II, RC-500, RS-400, SVS PC12+,
Def Tech SC8000
Harman Kardon AVR 1600
PS3, Apple TV, Sharp 70" Qattron