In the end, having owned several speakers in the price range the OP is considering, I should say this:
Most of them sound pretty darn good, and the differences we all like to obsess about are not that big to the average person.
The only way to know what you like is it hear speakers themselves in your own room, and preferably even to live with them a while.
acousticdelight, I don't think you would dislike any of the speakers under consideration, but if you were able to hear them all side-by-side in your room, you would find you had preferences. Since you can't do that, you'll have to rely on other people's opinions, and ultimately pick on looks, price, size, etc. Also consider return possibilities in the unlikely event that you truly don't like whatever you end up buying - but I doubt that will happen.
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