Thanks very much, everyone. I had read your reviews, Kal. As an aside, something that I appreciate in reviews is when the author compare the review model against its price peers; just noticing that you don't tend to do that yourself.
On the room size, actually the dimensions of my room are more like 14 x 15.
My house is one of those new builds with an annoying multimedia alcove at the top of the room where the width will be 10', though the distance where I plan to sit will still be 12", the living room does not have a rear wall, and the kitchen is right behind where I will put my couch. I guess I'm saying there will be less reflections where I sit, cause there is no rear wall as such.
Although I don't like the alcove (side wall clearance distance will not be great), the rear wall distance should be OK.
I wondered if you thought the details about my room would still argue against these size of floorstanders rather than monitors. I don't like the idea of spending a lot of money on stands, really.