Further to my previous thread, I'm still considering my options regarding speakers for the Arcam A18. The choice out there is massive and I'm a bit confused now as to whether to go for floorstanders or keep things small and compact with some really good compact speakers. In terms of compact/standmounting speakers I've been looking at: Spendor S3/5R Pro-Ac Tablette Reference 8 Pro-Ac Studio 110 Acoustic Energy AE1 Classic ATC SCM7 Dali Ikon 1 Mk. 2 I am very tempted by this route as I suspect that it offers higher overall quality than equivalent floorstanders. Also imaging, both in width and depth, is very important to me and I generally feel that standmounts do this better. The other things that are very important to me are midrange performance with voices, and an avoidance of sibilance on percussion. I like to hear percussion clearly. However, how well do these small monitors handle rock and orchestral music? I'm not looking for any sort of false, over-blown bass, but I do want to hear some of the natural weight of the music. If I went for floorstanders I'd be looking at: B&W 684 Castle Knight 3 Monitor Audio RX6 KEF Q500 Rega RS3 These would bring the weight but would they veer on the over-heavy side? My room is slightly strange. The main listening area is approximately 3m x 3m but this is part of a much bigger room. The overall room is actually more like 3m x 10m. The speakers are on the 10m wall about 1.8m apart from each other, firing across the 3m stretch. I am aware that these options are all going to give very different results and I have arranged an audition of some floorstanders (and will try to hear some of the smaller speakers too), but I'd be grateful of any more pearls of wisdom anyone can provide as this is going to be my last speaker upgrade for a very long time.