Looking to upgrade the weakest link in my modest yet fairly solid system: speakers. I have a budget of $2k, and here’s the deal: Running a Marantz PM6006 with a Pioneer PLX-1000 table, Shiit Mani preamp, and AT 440MLB cart through a pair of Blueroom Minipods + Yamaha sub. Not terrible speakers at all, but time for an upgrade after 18 years. Listening space is about 15x25 with fairly high ceilings, wood paneling, wood floors, area rugs. Considering: • KEF R3 • Wharfedale Linton Heritage • QUAD S-5 • Monitor Audio Silver 200 I’d appreciate a little input from the pros here - particularly anyone having some familiarity with the Quad S-5s. Doesn’t seem to be as much literature out there on those as there is on the R3s, MAs, and Lintons. I was able to demo the Lintons and some KEF LS50s running on a Marantz PM6006, (same as mine). Both sounded great, actually had a hard time deciding which I preferred. My impression was that the KEFs had better definition and were perhaps reporting the music more accurately, but the Lintons had a certain... character I could relate to. Of course the LS50s aren’t the R3s, but I imagine KEFs in this price range carry some of the same characteristics. Haven’t heard any MA speakers, but I do like their looks (not terribly interested in blah-looking speakers) and they seem well-regarded. Finally, the Quad S-5s. I’ve read enough about these sexy-looking beasts to pique my interest, but not enough to have any sense of how they stack up against the MAs, Lintons and R3s. Thoughts?