ShadyJ has good suggestions. Or still in the Klipsch family are (used) Klipschorns (but only if you have a wide room) and La Scala center, or three La Scala (for well under 2K$), all with a horn-loaded sub. The big mid horn of these might give you the mid clarity you are looking for. Maybe someone close by have them and would let you hear them? Ask on the Klipsch forums.