I have a relatively small listening room (12x10) and have always owned mini-monitors. Currently I have proac tablette anniversaries, but have had the original 15 ohm rogers ls3/5a, proac response 1, KEF, and reference 3a through out the years. As you can see, these are all moderate priced speakers, having never spent more than 3k on any pair. I am now in a position to spend a bit more money, certainly 5k, and maybe up to 10k. So what out there should I be listening to? I am in the Chicago area, so I would love something that I can listen to at a local (Midwest) dealer, but I do travel a lot and have auditioned/purchased things across the country from time to time. New or used, does not matter to me.
as you can probably guess, I really don't care much about deep base, but live for soundstage and warm midrange, listening to a lot of female vocalists, acoustic rock/jazz/blues, and light (non full orchestra) classical.
With my musical tastes, I have always loved el34 tube amps. I currently have the prima Luna hp premium, which has 4 el34 per channel, giving me in the 70 wpc range, more than enough for a small room. I am running naim digital source material (no bad remarks from the analog folks... I know I have have traded off).
so, what should I spend time auditioning? I have used "best" in quotes because of the 10k price limit, but I suspect there are many more candidates below 10k than above it.