I'm in the same boat as the OP so I'm wondering what did he/she settle on? I also have an Emotiva mini-x a-100 on the way and I currently have a pair of Aperion B4's in cherry that I'm pretty happy with. I'd like some speakers with some more bass, and black speakers aren't an option. I do have space issues, and the B4's have a great compact footprint. Here are the speakers I'm considering, would any of these be an improvement over the Aperions or do I just have a case of upgraditis and need to stay put? My max budget is $400, but I'd like to be closer to 300.
Mordaunt Short Aviano 1's $249 a pair
Mordaunt Short Aviano 2's $269 a pair (I know these will have more bass but I'm concerned about the size)
Mordaunt Short Mezzo 1's $400 a pair
Epos Epic 1's $300 a pair
Epos Epic 2's $400 a pair (maybe too big)
KEF Q100's $400 a pair
Gallo Classico CL-1's $500 a pair (over my budget but maybe worth it?)
PSB B6's $350 used
These all seem like great value speakers, but do any of these stand out to you as clearly head-and-shoulders over the others, and better than the B4's?
2 Channel "Man Nook"
Primaluna Dialogue One/Totem Acoustic Hawks/Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Plus
Home Theater Room/Kids Lounge
Emotiva XMC-1, XPA-2, XPA-100, BasX A-500
Aperion Verus Grand Towers & Center/Paradigm Cinema Surrounds