Originally Posted by gajCA
I'd stick to Crutchfield brands to be honest. You just can't beat that $10/box returns within 60 days IMHO.
Can't argue with that. Had nothing but good experiences with Crutchfield. I bought the s15 from Crutchfield but s10/s30 from another store. When the s15 sounded bright, I was stuck because I couldn't return the others to the other store even though I could return the s15 to Crutchfield. Wish I got everything from Crutchfield instead. They ended up being cheaper than Amazon and BestBuy too because when I told them I was ok with a week shipping time instead of 2 day, they gave me $25 off the speakers too! So I got the s15 for $139. I do find AVS more helpful than the Crutchfield reps in terms of substantive knowledge, though.
As of now my top choice is Wharfedale Evo 4.2 but I'm also researching the following. Comments are from whathifi:
Wharfedale Reva 2 (lacks a fun-loving attitude; rivals have bigger scale, dynamic reach, more authority);
Monitor Audio Silver 100 (balanced on the bright side, center speaker has off-axis dip);
PSB Imagine B;
ELAC Carina BS243.4;
Polk LSi M703 (can sound brittle occasionally, harder to drive, large size);
B&W 606 (treble can overwhelm with some music, center speaker tonal match could be better);
Dynaudio Emit M20 (very transparent so you won’t get the best from them playing below-par recordings, nor will you by shoving them up against a back wall, for when it comes to placement they require a bit of room.)