If you can, you should listen to the GoldenEar Aon 2 bookshelf speakers.
You probably won't find them discounted, but they're only $400/each from GE dealers. I have the slightly more expensive Aon 3's, a Denon 2313 (4K pass through) and a ForceField 3 sub in my bedroom system. It kicks some serious butt. You could probably put together a system of Aon 2's, Denon 2313 (consider 'Accessories for Less' for refurbs), and a decent sub for right around $3,000. GoldeEar speakers have very refined sound, with silky highs and (in the Aon's) deep, articulate bass.
If you want to read more from the author of the article I linked to above, here's a quote from his recent Home Theater piece "In Defense of the AVR":
"I might easily advance different arguments for a music system based on the direct contemplation and perfection of music in two channels, and in a different lifetime, I probably would. But as great as that can be, it is not a home theater system. And let me be brutally frank when I say that 90-plus percent of the high-end two-channel exhibits I annually encounter at the Consumer Electronics Show don't sound as good as my 5.1-channel system at home, with an $1100 receiver and speakers costing $400/each." Although he doesn't specifically name the Aon's in this reference, I'm fairly certain they're the speakers he just reviewed for the magazine - the Aon 2's.
Aon's won't match the GE Triton Two towers I have in my main home theater for dynamics, but they're a fraction of the cost. They also sound shockingly good. As I said, try to find a dealer and listen. Everyone is different, but I love the GoldenEar sound.