Geoffrey - The KEF LS50's definitely have a following. There are actually quite a few excellent speakers in that budget range. I will have a better idea of the Spatial Audio speakers in a month or so. You could call Clayton at Spatial Audio and see if he will send you a pair of the little Holograms to try. Another thought is Maggie 1.7's with a nice sub (or two) would be worth considering. DynAudio and PSB both make some nice stuff as well across lots of price points. The Revel F208 is another strong contender. You also have the new Golden Ear Triton Ones. Loads of good choices!