Upgrading from Pioneer SP-EFS73 towers
I currently have a Pioneer Elite SC-85 receiver, a Klipsch R12SW sub, and Pioneer Elite SP-EFS73 tower speakers. I do mostly music but also movies. I do not use atmos.
I want to upgrade my towers. I listened to the Reference Premiere bookshelves and certain aspects of them were a big improvement. They did much better in rock and for female vocals. They also felt more energetic. The Pioneers sound more relaxed but also have more depth and don't sound as thin as the Klipsch do. I was considering getting the Klipsch RP towers, but I'm not sure they'll fix my issues with the bookshelves.
I am currently looking into Bowers and Wilkins, Martin Logan, KEF, and Wharfedale. I have auditioned the Bowers and Wilkins CM8/9/10 and the whole Martin Logan Motion series. I liked them both. I think I preferred the 60XT's to any Bowers except maybe the CM10 S2.
I actually want to stay in the $1000-1500 range, but I am able to get some hefty discounts on Martin Logan, B&W and Wharfedale that let me get the Martin Logan 60XT's for about $1550, for example. I think I could swing the CM9's as well. The most expensive KEF's I could get new are the Q700 (at normal price).
Any input you guys have is greatly appreciated. I will NOT spend more than $1600 to be strict, but they'd really have to baffle me to spend that much. Currrently my top contenders are the Motion 40 for about $1100.
Source: HTPC, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB Beatles Edition > Pro-Ject Phono DC
Display: Vizio M55-E0 55" 4K TV
Audio: Marantz AV8003 | Crown XLS 1002 | Klipsch Cornwall III SE Matte Black