I don't think that most of these folks would consider the Hales or the JM Labs to be on the "warm" side. I'm sure that they are not bad speakers but just aren't appropriate candidates for that category. Sean
In response to the "are these a good start" question, while I own Aerial 10Ts, I would not recommend them if you must have a high sensitivity speaker. The published sensitivity is 86dB, and although I do not know this to be fact, the value may be for a 4 ohm load. If true, 83dB would be the 8 ohm sensitivity. In either case, they are mid to low sensitivity speakers. This issue aside, IMHO they fill both a large listening space (high power and current amps should be considered) and your other requirements.