Is the $3000 for the whole system or just the speakers? If you're only buying speakers, what equipment will you be using?
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I owned three sets of Paradigm floorstanders and the minute I replaced them I realized my mistake in choosing them.
Of course you should try to audition to fulfill your personal taste.
I would suggest looking into a matched set of Pioneer's Andrew Jones designed SP-C22 center channel speakers @ $99.99 each and the rest of your budget on Velodyne or JL Audio subwoofer/s. Don't let their low price fool you these things work. The money you save can go towards a real sub/s.
I set up a 7.1 system for a friend. We auditioned both Pioneer bookshelf and center channel versions and the centers won hands down.