as noted above, you may want to consider slender floorstanders as monitors basically take up the same amnt of floorspace. plus they tend to be more stable and may offer deeper bass extension. just a thought. lotsa choices out there, listen to as many as you can. as a 'newbie' you might use the opportunity to distinguish first hand the differences in musical presentation between the various designs. ported, planar, sealed, transmission line, horns etc. classical music is demading and desrves a good spkr.