Given that you will not be using these speakers for much in the way of music (perhaps you could use your current speakers for a music listening room?), the quality of the speaker is not all that important (ducks). So, spending less might be the better solution. One caveat to this is that you have been listening to your current speakers for a while, and they have trained your ears to hear what they produce. If you downgrade, you may find that you become unhappy with the new speakers pretty quickly. You'll need to demo extensively to avoid this outcome.
Now, as to the next step ... I would find and inhabit the listening room of every speaker purveyor within 200 miles. Put a list together of some of your favorite music (yeah, makes no sense to use music, but that's the best approach). Try to have a wide variety of music types, including female and male vocals, large orchestral, live club blues or jazz, something bassy, piano. Equalize the volume (dB meter is handy or drop one down to your phone), and just listen (to the speakers, NOT the salesperson). Take a few notes re your likes/dislikes.
Take your time and do it right. It's an iterative process. First, learning your own likes and dislikes, then finding the speaker or type of speaker that best fits your taste. Once you get it down to two or three options, demo in your home before making a final decision.
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Last edited by RayGuy; Yesterday at 11:06 AM.