My price range peaks at $1400, all in.
@pinwa I did watch the video, but he reflects on an earlier version of the Omen DW (you noted 2012; it's nearly nine years from that point, now), and I've also paid to have the Jupiter caps installed, which is considered a significant upgrade. That being said, I continue to hear people praise the Lore as uniquely capable, at the price point.
Keep in mind, I want a smaller speaker, so many sonically impressive speakers at higher price points and larger size will not fit. Magnepan won't fit, for instance.
In terms of what I like: I own the Tekton Moabs, love them. Very impressed with the transparency, the layers of sound, the highly revealing mid-range, no edge nor harshness, full and articulate bass. They image well and could do better with a little more attention to the room.
I auditioned the Forte III and the Cornwall IV. Again, both of these are too big for the application I've identified, but I auditioned them on the way to the Moabs... For sonic reference: The Cornwall IV plays BIG - huge dynamics - and has an effortless quality that is very attractive. The Forte III midrange seemed a bit too "horny" for me, somewhat distorted, as though vocals had been blown somewhat out of proportion.
In terms of what I don't like: Had a pair or Klipsch rp280f's for about 18months and they seem to have initiated a pattern of tinnitus. They were edgy/etchy/harsh.
Room: 11 by 13.5, with a sloped ceiling sloping from a high point of maybe 12' on the short wall, to maybe 8' on the opposing short wall.
@seanheis1 I like neutrality, provided it can deliver the signal authentically, such is the Moab experience.