oh, Hi Riley -
yes, i rec'd your email with those alternative speaker choices, but the majority of them are being sold in the USA only, whereas i live in Toronto, Canada.
I want to purchase my speakers locally and do not wish to incur any shipping/ currency exchange expenses.
I'm not 100% certain, though, that you give the two aforementioned speakers enough credit; I would venture to say that they fit comfortably within your list's company. Then again, i have not heard all the speakers from you list, so perhaps there are some that are, in fact, head and shoulders above the speakers i've mentioned.
Further, I am limited w/ power (50wpc, albeit nice, high current), and i'm not certain I would have enough power to adequately drive some of the speakers you've mentioned.
I'm shocked to hear you say the Epos sounded warm and thick. In my opinion, their midrange is anything but; I found them to be open,detailed and seductive in the midrange. Must be an amp/speaker matching issue.
Having said that, if memory serves me correctly, the MA's are more extended/more open... But I would like those with current experiences with both or either of these speakers to chime in.
Thanks again, guys.