I'm not one to normally ask for help, but I need help with speakers. Let me start by saying I am deaf in my right ear. It's not a handicap, because I can actually hear what is in front of me, both left and right. I can discern mono from stereo. Surround sound is of no use to me as what is behind me would mess up whats in front of me. I currently have a 2.1 system with my tv. My 15 year old Polks are not very good any more. I am willing to spend between $1000 and $2000 for new speakers. I won't replace my subwoofer, because it does a decent job. I feel it more than I hear it. If you are partially deaf, you will understand. What I am looking for is either floor standing, or bookshelf speakers. Picture yourself with one ear not working, and choose what would sound better. Am I better off with bookshelf that would provide better mid and highs and subwoofer to handle the lows, or tower speakers that don't need a sub woofer, or ones that do? If I get bookshelf speakers, they will be put on a stand. I can easily discern between PCM and bitstream, and I do prefer bitstream as bitstream is much better and more crisp. There are a lot of holiday specials going on, and now is the time for me to upgrade. Thanks again.