My first good speakers were a pair of Rega ELAs. Slim, light, $1,250 floorstanders with a small transmission-line loaded woofer and a minimal crossover to the tweeter. Could sound like a clock radio in a large room, but kept within their limits were fantastically communicative of musical information. They didn't need a large amp (and sounded positively dreadful downstream from a Krell that I plugged in just for grins), but are quite revealing of improvements to upstream equipment. I haven't really started listening around in earnest, but have had a decent first impression of the mid/large Gallo floorstanders and a negative one of a $3000 pair of bookshelf sized boxes from Monitor Audio. Any thoughts or observations from the front line? I'd love to recreate that old buzz.