FWIW - I own the Sig S8's & accompanying CC and surrounds and while they are great for HT, and are efficient and pretty darn good for music.... with the prices you are looking at I would highly suggest you take a look and if possible get an audition of Salk Soundscape 8's or 12s for 2 channel without a sub. They just don't compare in accuracy and detail to my other rig.
The Midrange & Tweeter is far superior then anything I have auditioned in that price range and higher.... Dennis Murphy designed the crossovers and chose the Accuton midrange and RAAL ribbon tweeter for good reason - they're the best. Completely transparent & accurate with nothing lost in translation.
I purchased the first set of SoundScapes M7's to replace my Paradigm Sigs in my smaller rig after having heard most of the Salk lineup with our local audio group and knew they wouldn't disappoint.
I already had a 18" TC Sounds DIY sub, so I wasn't concerned about the lower end. They are truly spectacular, and can be built with any custom veneer/paint you can possibly think of, from one of the finest woodworkers in the US. The M7's pictured on the website are my speakers.
IMO you'd be hard pressed to find something that sounds better then the SoundScapes...
Pictures don't really do them justice, but these are amongst my favorites in a smokey silver birdseye finish.
Good luck on your hunt Sir....Edited by Warpdrv - 10/15/12 at 8:30am