Having used Tannoy 15" and large panel speakers, I disagree with the characterization of the Tannoys having larger soundstage. It seems to me that typically the macrodynamics and scale are conflated.
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If you don't mind buying slightly used speakers and more importantly have the space for them, I would recommend the Focal Sopra 3 speakers. If you are patient you can find a like new pair for your $10,000 budget as I did. These are IMO even better than my previous Sonus Faber Amati Futura speakers and that's saying a lot.
I have a higher end system and still have my 20+ year old Legacy Focus speakers. Although I intend to upgrade to Von Schweikert VR9 MkII, the Focuses can be purchased at $2500 to $3000 used. They have ample deep bass, smooth frequency response, wide sound, ample dynamics, etc. They require about 30 watts with good current (low impedance bass). So, easy to drive, 14" square often found with rosewood finish. Even less expensive is the Signature IIIs which have 3-10" woofers which really punch hard and have an ambiance rear tweeter. It is also an excellent speaker which is easy to drive with 18 watt 1978 receiver even. For over 20 years, I owned mid-level stats including Acoustat 2+2s and ML Monolith IIIs. The MLs were totally unacceptable to my new wife due to inferior seating availability, inferior bass, inferior dynamic range.... I bought Legacy Focuses which is a prefered speaker by three friends including Tom Port of Better Records who uses them for business and Steve Hoffman who used them for remastering for about 10 years. You won’t be sorry unless you place them in a bedroom (they need some space to sound great). The Signature IIIs could work in smaller rooms.
I like the Harbeths 40s as well but their looks are so plain that they may offend. I also like the Magnepan 3.7i but it lacks the deep punchy bass and wide seating area (Tekton has the bass but not the wide seating area either). I've also heard the Sanders several times. It was excellent sounding in a fixed, single seat (like giant headphones) but also requires very heavy power.