How big is your room?
Room is 12x11. Speakers are 1 foot from left wall, 4 feet frint right wall., 7 feet apart and 1-2 feet front frint wall. Room has a lot of furniture in it. Bed, desk, book shelf. Carpeted with a small window on rear wall and a 46 " tv above and between the speakers. Not idea I know. I think the room leands Tony desire for a quick, transparent speaker. Amp us Dussun v6i.
Ohm is making an SE version of the MicroWalsh Tall (sells for $1400/pr). If you ask for it with the "European Voicing" the sound will be bright and very detailed. This version was too bright for my taste but it may be to your liking. I'm surprised the MMG's didn't work. They're fairly bass shy. Maybe you didn't have the right placement.
The Mark & Daniels will likely have too much bass for your room. Good Luck!
ATC SCM 19 may work for you. Front row presentation sealed box with little bass extension compared to most other monitors (which will be ported). Critically damped design. Definitely NOT laid back. Good impulse response - particularly good on percussion. The DAL SC-I had a great impulse response and phase response too...
I have not heard all the speakers you mention, ut I have heard most of them. I selected the Ushers and my vote goes to them-they are front ported so they shouldnt over load your room (in my experience its rear ported speakers are more difficult to place.) and the upper end is very musical. The front row perspective is dependent upon the sorce material, in my system, but when the recording is front row-the Ushers provide the correct staging. The resolution is excellent. And, the more resolving the front end gear, the more the Ushers can do their thing so you can upgrade your gear without upgrading the speakers too. Good luck.
If you have a chance to demo some Dynaudio Contour 1.4's - Special 25's or C1's I think you would like them much better than the 40's. I have the C1's and the speed - detail and transparency is fantastic. Best high's I have ever heard. Great sound stage and depth. I also have a sub which really helps.
OK- I don't get how the Druids 'overpowered the room'. Isn't that a function of the volume control?? Did they work OK if you kept the volume lower?
Also, the P7 monitor from High Emotion Audio http://www.highemotionaudio.com
is one of the most revealing monitors made. It is easy to drive and is honest to 40Hz, with a *very* wide sweet spot.
Mailman199, I see. I've used the High Emotion Audio P7 as a monitor and it integrates easily with only 2-3 feet. It is one of the fastest and detailed monitors I've heard, and it is also relaxed. What is fun about it is that it is more detailed than the best ESLs, so its possible to create reference quality sound in a small space. They don't need a lot of power and are quite compact.