As to the OP's question...
Some really high value, higher performing floor standing loudspeakers for under $2,000, in no particular order.....
- Revel F36 $2,000/pair
- Klipsch RP-8000 $1,378/pair
- Monitor Audio Silver 8 (barely makes it, IMO, but a really great sounding speaker) $2,000/pair
- KLH Kendall $1,300/pair
There are some other options just above $2k MSRP from Golden Ear& Martin Logan, but I think the F36 is a better all around speaker in most respects. The GE stuff has powered subwoofers and are basically a sub/sat system in a single housing. I would think a pair of Revel M16 or RP600 and 2 subs would be a killer under $2k setup as well if going that route.