Yeah, I was lucky to have many friends in the industry as store owners, distributers and even company folks (Paul from PSB, Ivor from Linn, Vince from Totem, Victor from Sima, our esteemed Ian....and many more I cannot recall names for - sigh).
this allowed me to play with a lot of equipment and combinations. While I managed to find many products I loved, sometimes the cost was too high. I once had a list of my faves...will have to dig that up and see how it stands the test of time - if I get heavily into audio again.
While it is an unpopular view on a speaker board, it was during this that I found that the source was the most important part of the audio chain - no flame wars please! LOL
Anyway, I always liked the Axiom line, from my origianl AX3's to the M80's I have now...great speakers and great value.
Your mileage may vary, offer not valid in all areas, comments expressed are solely mine - not that anyone would want to claim them!