I recently got a pair of the Wharfedale 10.1s for our guest room and I am very pleased with their sound - basically a clean midrange with not much low end and an okay high end. The price is certainly right.
It is probably correct that most headphone outputs turn off the speakers when you plug in headphones. However, if there is also a "line out" connection, you can probably find a headphone set up that will run off of that with its own amplifier and volume control. This will not interfere with the normal audio output.
Sounds like you are getting close to releasing your Myro:Air device. I wish you luck with your endeavor. I am still curious about the nature of your endeavor however...
I have looked at the videos but I am still not clear how this device would fit into my systems and what its advantages might be. For example, at present I stream from my (or my wife's) computer, iPad or iPhone using iTunes. We employ a half-dozen Airport Express modems through an Apple Extreme...
I'm a Mac guy and I might be interested but I cannot find any description of what this device is on our website. There is some description of the bridge but I'm not interested in Sonos or Russound stuff... So a link (or a post here) describing what this is would be useful and appreciated.
In the near-field powered monitor area, check out Audioengine A5+ speakers I have a pair in my office that sound great. Audioengine has great customer service too. Also, there is a new speaker out there that has a trial period so you can try them called Vanatoo. They got a good review on Stereomojo.com. I'll try them out at some point but I don't need them at this point.
CraigsList. You can get a perfectly serviceable HT speaker setup on CraigsList for very little money and probably be able to sell them for what you paid when you get your dream speakers. PLUS you can talk to the seller (you should always do this anyway - if s/he seems shaky, move on) and LISTEN to the speakers before you plunk down your money. Don't buy new speakers at this point - they depreciate incredibly as soon as you open the box. As a short-term...
The ultimate answer to your question is "which ever speaker/receiver combination sounds best to you." You probably want an answer that is definite and specific. However, with your room playing a HUGE role in the sound quality that you hear when sitting in your favorite seat, ONLY you can decide effectively.
I suggest that you set up one pair of floor standers with one receiver listen to it for a while (several days at least) and then trade receivers and...
I've had Hsu subwoofers for well over ten years - three total - and they are still working fine. They are an incredible performer and a great value. They are also HEAVY, hence the shipping fee. Call your local shipper and get a quote for the weight and size of the Hsu and you will see that even the shipping is a bargain. His customer service is also effective and courteous.