The 685s and 683s are the stars of the B&W 600 series. I personally would not go with the 684s if going the B&W route. The CMT-340SEs are fine speakers with high output if lacking in the "looks" department. Ascend Acoustics also has a 30-day guarantee if you would like to demo at home. I have not heard the Energy Veritas series but they are highly regarded.