Originally Posted by Pet Motel
And your help for the OP is?????
As you have pointed out, everyone is entitled to their opinion, I think we can all agree to that. I personally haven't auditioned many of the brands recommended here, and therefore have refrained from making unsubstantiated statements. If we could all subscribe to that ideal, opinions would be more helpful to the OP. He deserves an uncolored view of the products that meet his requirements, not the bold, unsubstantiated views from a member who has repeatedly been asked to tone down the authoritarian tone of his posts.
I'm sure that PSB, Monitor Audio, KEF, Ascend, Salk, Paradigm, B&W, Cirrus, Infinity, Energy, Polk, Boston Acoustics, Philharmonic Audio, and countless other brands have good, to excellent products in the OPs price range. To boldy state that one design eclipses all others, for all people, is obviously inaccurate at the least, and deceptive at the worst.
I recently purchased a set of Ascend Sierra NrTs, and I know that they are very good. They easily outclass my ten year old Mirage OM-7s in detail, imaging, dynamic power, and accuracy/realism. I have a pair of Sierra Towers with the RAAL tweeter in route now as we speak.
Currently the only products I can definitively compare are the Sierras with the Mirage OM-7s, because they are side by side in my listening room. I think most of the forum memebers hold themselves to a similar metric that when they make comparisons it is because they've heard the products in question in the same room, in the same listening session. Or if we mention a product that we have heard of that is well reviewed, we will make that distinction.
Finding that perfect speaker is often an overwhelming task due to the enormous amount of product on the market. Look through the threads on this forum, and rarely will there be a consensus, unless the OP has his short list narrowed down to just a couple of contenders. Even then, others will often be recommended.
One of the things that I try and do to help narrow the field is to pay attention to the area home theater get-togethers that are put on in individual's homes. Then I try to get a feel for what products scored highest, and I pay attention to the reviewers that seem to like the same qualities that I find attractive. I tend to listen to those whom have auditioned a great many speakers, they will often have a bit better insight than more casual listeners.
OK, done with the book, hope no one fell asleep!