My vote goes to the SVS Ultra Towers, look great, perform well above their cost, play loud w/o glare, VG soundstage, natural vocals, detailed, go deep enough to not need a sub immediately, great value from a solid company!
zask2, I just tried to call 'um as I heard 'um, LOL. The CAF had many affordable components and good sounding rooms, I had a blast. My pictures do not do justice to how stunningly beautiful the Phil 3s in olive burl looked. The pairing of Phil3s and Frank's T-9 pre/Synergy amp prove high end musical sound is not only affordable, but it can be made in the USA!
I just learned that the Sphinx will be at the Capital Audiofest in room 608, John Gatski's Everythingaudioreview.com suite driving Legacy Studio HDs. John will also be doing some in suite live recording, and then playback for comparison. If you are in the DC metro area, please come and support this growing event, July 26-28.
Mark, Thanks for arranging the tour. If possible, see if you can precisely control volume on the Sphinx, getting the right level with the wand. The only negatives I've read about the Sphinx are people having to get up and physically rotate the knob to get the level they wanted, using remote had volume too soft or too loud. I hope you get to hear the Sphinx, Medusa, and some tubes to make a comparison on the same system. Have fun!