I was going to mention the Arx A5. IMO I think its one of the best towers under $1,000-1,500. Built quality is top notch, drivers are what you would see in very high end speakers (heavy cast alloy baskets, huge motors, xbl2, and long throw suspension). For being a compact sized cabinet its very well braced, actually it has about twice as much cabinet bracing as some $1500 towers i've seen (althought not all towers in that price). The crossovers use much higher end components as well, high end caps, wire wound non-inductance resistors (about 4x the price compared to those cement block types) and air cores.
I've been extremely pleased with them, sound is great for hometheater or music. The little A1b bookshelfs see a common trend of people asking how someone can make a bookshelf that cost only $300.
There is a trial period for 30 days, but you have to pay return shipping (although unlikely you will want to). Aperion Audio is the only one that I know of that offers return shipping on its towers free of charge. Thats why I usually recommend them to everyone looking for speakers. Its a win win situation, demo them in your room, don't like them your out nothing.