I once owned a pair of Paradigm Studio 40 v.3s combined with a Rythmik 12" servo sub in my 350 square foot living room , and absolutely loved the sound. We then remodeled the house and went with tile floors which are pretty standard in south Florida. The paradigms immediately became too bright causing listening fatigue quickly. I know it's not the speaker's fault, but the fact remains the same.
I sold the Studio 40s and Marantz SR7001 and went without music at home for a while. I recently picked up a refurbished Onkyo TX8050 and a pair of used Titan v.4s to just have something going again. It sounds surprisingly good, but now that I'm listening to music at home again, I need more.
I've since placed an 8'x10' thick shag throw rug on the floor in the center of the room, and am planning to do some more room conditioning to make the room not so bright. I need advice on picking a warmer sounding speaker with comparable value to paradigms. I'd like floor standers which won't require a sub, but am not opposed to smaller speaker/sub combo. For now the system will be strictly for music, but it may turn into a home theater system in the future. I have about a $5k budget of which I can spend about $3500 of which for speakers (Either floor standers or bookshelf + sub). I'd love to get a pair of Studio 100s, but definitely fear them being too bright.
I listen to mostly rock music. Any advice is appreciated.