I am not sure what you are saying. I don't carry a purse....well not anymore:D
The Kef's really have my interest. Is there a huge difference when you step up from 500 to 700 to 900?
fwiw,the shoes and purse where to keep the wife happy and i only personally heard a pair of q900 in a 2.0 music system and they where incredible.sorry cant help with if theres a huge difference between the kef Q line towers.maybe someone who has heard them could post their opinion,but imho only "your" ears could give you the correct answer .as been said before the best sounding speaker is the one "you" like not anyone else.i'm just giving some options to look at in that budget that i have heard and enjoyed. i've would of also listed the focals that you already mentioned but looks like gloss black is no go. the 716's are some nice sounding speakers
I love the Ascend Sierra-1 with the NrT tweeter, I honestly can't find any fault with them, they are way better than the Paradigm Studio 20s I almost bought and am very familiar with and I thought those speakers sounded amazing these are just a few noticable steps up for less $$$. With your price range I don't think you can do any better than these.