I wanted to come back and post what I settled on for anyone that stumbles on this at a later date. I started upgrading components earlier this year starting with the receiver, subwoofer and now the speakers.
The old system consisted of a Pioneer Elite VSX-70 with the Definitive Pro Cinema 1000/2000 which is 4 Promonitor 1000s, a Procenter 2000 and a Prosub 1000. I paid $700 for the Pioneer and around $1800 for the Definitive system. All purchased about 5 years ago.
After trying the SVS Prime Bookshelf system in home, using Crutchfields speaker compare rental and many trips to best buy, I e-mailed RSL to see what they had to offer. I sent multiple emails back and forth with Joe Rodgers there. He had originally recommended their CG5 line but after sending him a picture of my room, he recommended going with their smaller CG3 line. He even went as far as to photoshop a picture of my room to recommend speaker placement. One thing that stood out to me is that Joe himself doesn’t like harsh sounding speakers. I figured if the guy who makes / sells them is on the same page with what I’m looking for then why not give it a shot.
The new system now consists of a Denon X3400 receiver ($600), SVS PB-1000($400), 3 RSL CG23 speakers across the front and two CG3 speakers in the rear ($870). Total price paid for this set up was $1870.
The price is significant because of how good this system sounds as a whole compared to what I had. $870 for the RSL speakers shipped feels like a steal considering how good they sound. This far exceeds my expectations for Music, Movies and Gaming with a speaker in this price range. The speakers are neutral and absolutely never harsh or fatiguing. I’ve been playing Days Gone on PS4 at pretty high volume without ever having to turn it down like I did before. The thing these really nail is realism. No part of the sound feels boosted or embellished. For example, I can hear details like rustling, footsteps, or the creak of a bed as someone lies down. It all sounds very real and natural. It makes me forget about the speakers and focus on the content.
I’ve also started looking forward to listening to Music at home again. I listen to all kinds of music but primarily Numetal and Metalcore while my wife listens to a lot of pop music. A couple stand out songs we kept going back to as test tracks are Blue on Black by Five Finger Death Punch and Senorita by Shawn Mendes. Both sounding excellent with 2 CG23 speakers in 2.1.
So overall I am happy with this set up and feel like my search is over for now. This will make an excellent living room set up. When we move and I have more room for a dedicated theater / gaming room I’ll probably demo the RSL CG25 line against the Martin Logans I liked. That space will have a higher budget for speakers when I get there. Thanks for all the suggestions and comments that helped me on my search!