It's not a question of upping the budget; it's a question of simply finding the right sound signature.
Wharfedale is definitely on the "warm" side of things. The JBLs I mentioned lean slightly towards "bright" though not in the ear-bleeding entry-level-Klipsch sense.
A "neutral" speaker that sits in the middle ground might be a better bet, like this one which costs about the same as those JBLs on sale, but are far from gasket-blowing
Top-Rated Floor Speaker, UpdatedPriced, packed, and shipped each. Shipped dim and weight above.The A5.5 is Chane's latest, fourth generation floor speaker, a clean, classic, powerful design focusing on precise imaging and a clear, expansive soundstage with the highest level of acoustic openness andwww.chanemusiccinema.com
There is a large "Chane Owners' Thread" you might want to browse through to get a feel for the company and its user feedback.
Thanks again for the recommendation on the Chase speakers. Yep, warm/mellow is a pretty good description of the Linton's. The stereo unit sits in the same room as my wife's Mason and Hamlin piano. My music interest are old rock classic and lots of newer piano and string music. When I asked my wife if the piano music over the Linton's sounded like her piano she said, "Well they do sound like an electric piano." Yikes, that's not what I wanted to hear.