Hi everyone, new to the board (and to hifi really), spent a bunch of time looking at posts but didn't come across an answer, perhaps you would help. I've been speaker hunting but ended up with a new system instead, my arcam set up. sounded so good with various speakers i took the system; a much easier decision that sfinding the right speakers. Interested in hearing about the AE1 MK3 among others. Auditioned the JM Labs Electra 609, DeVore Gibbon 7.1, and Totem Acoustics Rainmaker. The DeVore won out so far but the search is not over. What I liked about the DeVore was its disappearing act, and its rich and real reproduction- seeking similar. Considering PMC, KEF XQ and Canton Karat but have not listened (PMC I've only read about recently but piqueing my interest). Looking for a diminutive speaker that still delivers the goods while appeasing my lust for quality, clarity, transparency, musicality, and as reasonable amount of base as possible in a stand speaker. Couple of details - my listening room is bright, can't be helped all that much, hard wood floors, plaster walls, area rug, a large couch - not a big room, 5m X 3m x 2.5m, windows at one end, open at the other to adjacent room (like I said, acoustically uncooperative). Plan to add some diffusers and play with speaker placement to help out, play 70% music / 30% movies, not doing home theatre, but I will mutil zone Listening - rock, dance, jazz, lounge, classical, spoken word - everything and looking forward to expanding my collection greatly. Also I'll use these with the video, not setting up surround at this time. I am looking forward to hearing the AE1 MK3's, but would like some feedback. If they are not appropriate for the room I'll save myself the extra expense. Thanks for reading! Jason System: Arcam AVR300, Arcam DV79, no speakers yet.