Well FWIW I will let you know how I feel about the EMP E55ti's in a few days when I get them.
Also don't forget HTD, I have their level two bookshelf system and I am extremely happy with them, sounds stupid saying I bought new speakers but I wanted 3 way towers and a nice big 3 way center
The level two bookshelves are amazing little speakers, they pack a hell of a sound for their size, they feel extremely solid and feel like a solid piece of wood when you knock on them, they have quite a bit of bass too. I've had 2-3 people that haev come over and listen to them and tell me theres no way my sub isn't on. It's not that they are loud or put out a lot of bass, its just that with lighter bass music tracks such as acoustical and soft rock, the bass sounds natural and really does sound like if I cross them over at 80hz and put on my subwoofer. It's just impressive given their small size. I have listend to many of my favorite songs over and over, I have listend to the Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds at Radio city blu ray more times than I care to admit and I don't get sick of it, I put my head back and I feel like im there.. It's the most relaxing thing in the world.. Don't get me wrong, for awhile when I brought these speakers around to listen to more expsensive brands I thought they sounded like crap compared to the B&W's and KEFs, but after spending more time with those speakers and listening, I found my ears somewhat irritated, first intital response is WOW, but they fatigued me quite quickly... The HTD's after just sitting and enjoying, they sound natural, have great detail and are just easy to listen to.
I honestly was never an audiophile and never cared that much untilt he past few months.. I really music much more than I did before.. I find myself spending an hour or two that feels like 30 minutes just listening to these songs that I love
The level two towers are 400 a pair, I can only imagine they sound much better, and the level 3's which are 3 way towers are 749 a pair I believe..