Look at the Rega line of speakers. I once had an all Rega system - synergy of components was big.
so true about speaker preference. it's all different strokes for different folks,with no real right or wrong. another option with the brio r, if you were interested in a floorstanding speaker, would be the vandersteen 1c. i bought a pair for $225 on craigslist, added the $105 stand, and was good to go. it sounded very good with my brio 3. used prices on the silverline prelude make that another attractive option if you're open to a floorstander.
the vandersteens really are a steal. i hadn't realized that they had been upgraded yet again until i saw the 1CI designation in your post, johnny. now with tweeter from the 3A? i love the continual improvements to the line and the way components from the higher priced products make their way to the lower priced products.
The Rega RS1 uses a different tweeter than the R1 used. I'm not saying you'll like them, just saying that to my ears the sharpness the R1 had has been tamed. If you have a dealer, you should audition them. If you couldn't handle the R1, I wouldn't but the RS1 blindly though. Just saying I wouldn't dismiss them without a good listen.