You know what, I agree with you actually. Hence my reason for wanting to upgrade. I thought they did okay back in the day. Truthfully with 2 young kids, our HT setup has been mostly neglected the last couple years. But I have been in the market for a new receiver avr-1713/1913, vsx-1022/1122. Anyways, I spent sometime listening to different speakers today and trying out a vsx-1022 for a short time on my monitor 7's and I really didnt find them very crisp (or bright)! They sound kind of muddy or almost like a blanket has been thrown over them.
So that has got me to looking into a new setup. Budget would be in the 800-1000 (CDN) range for fronts, center and two surrounds. The less the better, as this is low on my hobby list, but want an enjoyable experience! No real desire to go with 7.1 and I cant accommodate it in my living room anyways.
Hopefully that helps. Ideally I am looking for a setup with brighter more crisp response, something a bit more common to horn based tweeter's - but I am open. My current setup is monitor 7 v3's, cc370, klipsch kw-100 sub, adp-170's and mini-monitor 7 vs3 bookshelf's.