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I can recommend the Shearwater (non Hot-Rod)as I have a pair but think you should seek out Totem speakers -- particulary the Sttaf and Forrest (also own these). I have been in HIFI for 20+ years and owned several dozen high end speakers but the Totems are the first ones I've owned that sound highend without high price. They would be a perfect match in a room your size and are so articulate and sonically accurate that you will be suspicious of them!. Some calim they are bright or lack bass but that is probably a room response or something related to cable or electronics -- there is so much audiorubbish and squirrelphile gear out there I am surprised that anyone can tell what is good any more. I use an RTA / Room Equalizer to help adjust response from the speakers in conjunction with the room to get the most out of my collection of speakers. The difference can be stunning and make a good speaker sound great so do not be afraid of using and RTA/equalizer, only the geeks who do not thoroughly understand the physics of sound propagation dislike them.
i think that there are alot of great speakers out there in your budget range (silverline, b&w, totem, etc.). it's all really a matter of your own preference. in my opinion, it's allways best to have a listen at home first. if you have a good dealer, this shouldn't be a problem. you can't really tell what they will sound like in the showroom unless they have the same equipment and the same acoustics that you do at home. have fun with your search(that is what it's all about, isn't it?).
I would like to thank all for sharing your thoughts & experience with me. It seems the more I learn about this hobby the more overwhelming it all becomes (been reading from Harley's Hi-End Audio). I have listened to Vanderstein 1 & 2 as well as Meadowlark Herron & Shearwater. Also smaller PSB towers and Paradigm Ref. 40 60 & 100. I will check around town for authorized dealers of speakers you have suggested. Thanks again.
nomad, proac or dynaudio will give a far more detailed sound than the vandy's or meadowlarks (or even than the totems, imo) - i'd try that, as an alternative before ya commit... but, running yer cd's straight-in may make a truely detailed speaker unbearable over time - don't ferget that tubed preamp! :>)
personally, *i'm* saving for a pair of newforn research r645's (w/a custom mid-woofer set-up) check out their www, & the reviews on audioreview - at $2250 delivered, w/a 30-day in-home trial, they may be hard to beat at the price. *i'm* gonna try it! (really ugly, tho...)