I realise there is no shortage of threads here about speaker choices, so I apologise for creating yet another. I do have some idea of what I'm after, and would know people's opinions on how the speakers on my current shortlist stack up against those expectations, because even after trawling through countless threads on this and other forums I have only managed to piece together a few odd pieces of information relevant to my requirements. Apologies for this post being incredibly long, you can probably skip most of the explanation below and go to the list if you have any opinions to share on individual speakers or other recommendations, both of which I would greatly appreciate. The speakers should be compact bookshelves, ideally around 30cm in height though I can go as high as 40cm if required. My room is small at approx 12' x 9', and they will be positioned around 10-15cm from the rear wall. I'm looking at a budget of around £500, and fully expect to be buying second hand - I will go a little higher if there are major benefits to be had, and would welcome something cheaper if I have to pay significantly more for a noticeable improvement. My source is an Apogee MiniDAC, and for now they'll be paired with an Arcam 8R but I intend to replace this at some point, so it shouldn't factor too heavily into considerations. At the moment most of my listening is through my Grado RS-1 headphones, which I love. I realise there is no chance that anything in my price range will be nearly as revealing and detailed as these, and I'm not necessarily after an absolute carbon copy in speaker form, but I would definitely like something with a similar signature. That means I'm after an engaging, slightly forward sound including plenty of detail and treble presence but not too excessive or fatiguing in the high end, with the mids taking overall precedence. Bass needs to be fairly taut without being too strong, meeting the requirements of my small room mentioned above. Despite their revealing nature, the RS-1s also have a surprisingly warm underlying character, which is lacking in the rest of the Grado range and very much to my liking, so I don't want the speakers to be too cold and analytical. What I really want to avoid is an overly polite sound as I get from my current B&W DM601S2s (for anyone following the headphone train of thought that means I don't want the Sennheiser signature). Musically, I categorise my tastes primarily as "indie", but that covers a very wide range of material from borderline folk to fairly discordant rock. Some is centred on fairly elaborate instrumentation beyond the standard guitar/bass/drums and I have found this sounds best with an upfront presentation (ie Grado rather than Sennheiser). I also listen to some rock, usually quite aggressive (not a major priority but would be nice if they did it well) and electronic (though I will stick mainly to headphones for this). They'll also be used in a home theatre setup, initially only stereo but to be expanded to 5.1 in the future (so a matching centre is a bonus). My overall priority is two channel music reproduction, as long as they're fairly capable at HT they should be OK though again anything that excels in this area is a bonus. Below are the speakers I'm presently considering, beginning with the two current front runners, together with any comments about them. Some are available to demo in my local hi-fi store as indicated, but since I want to avoid paying new prices I'm not sure how realistic a demo will be. PMC DB1+ (demo) - seem to be well-regarded, but conflicting reports on how upfront they are. May also consider the TB2+, or the floorstanding FB1+ if they won't be too overwhelming for my room ATC SCM12 - can get these second-hand for £550 on another forum. Sound like they could work, but again some confusion over whether they are exciting and rhythmic or just revealing and analytical B&W CM1 (demo) - apparently a very different signature to other B&Ws, with a metal tweeter, not sure if they're right for me though Dynaudio Contour 1.1/1.3 - too laid back? Also rear-ported (?), so will be too close to wall. Proac Tablette Reference 8 (demo) - rear-ported again, and reportedly not very suited to "rock" (though reviewers' interpretations of what "rock" is seems to vary a lot) Proac Response 1SC - same as above, plus well beyond my budget even S/H, but seem to be worshipped by some Quad 11/12L (demo) - a budget choice if I'm feeling too poor for anything more expensive, don't seem to be very highly regarded round here Wilson Benesch Arcs - sound perfect, but way beyond my budget Spendor S3e (demo) - not appropriate for "rock" (treble too recessed/too laid back)? Kef XQ1 - as above? Here are some that I don't really know anything about but have seen suggested: Audiovector Mi 1 and more expensive variations (demo) Naim Neat Motive 3 Linn Katan (demo) Epos M12 (demo) AVI Neutron IV Ruark Sabre III Stirling LS3/5a V2 Monitor Audio GS/GR10 (seen references to both but can only find former on site) Anything that anyone has to say about these speakers, or any suggestions I've missed, would be very welcome.