Thanks for the suggestions xti16 and soix. I agree with you on the performance of Veneres, they perform very very well for the price. The one thing I liked about the PMCs is their diminutive size. They’re rather narrow and short compared to the Venere 2.5s, maybe because they have just 2 drivers in them, but I thought Rega Integrated was a bad match, not that they sounded bad, just something missing. The mid-range was beautiful (3 -dimensional) but the rest of the instruments were recessed. As long as I was listening to PMCs, I was comparing their sound to Veneres in my head. That’s the reason why I wanted to do an in-home audition so I can compare the two.
While at the store, I also listened to ProAC D20 R (ribbon tweeter), to be honest I liked the PMCs better. I think the ProACs were not completely borken-in yet. Also, I was impressed with the bass response of PMC (given their rather smallish size), thanks to ATL technology.
I did consider Scansonic MB series too, but reading the posts here and elsewhere I realized they are very very room dependent and extremely bass heavy (better suited for large rooms). I've always wanted to try a ribbon tweeter but after listening to ProAC D20R I'm not sure if they're really that superior to conventional tweeters, may be Raidho got it right, but can't say. I did listen to Raidho X-1s a year and a half ago, even then my thoughts were the same; are they really that good?
Will update the post with my impressions of PMCs once I have them demoe’d at home.