I’m normally just a lurker, but I had the similar concerns, so I thought I’d chime in. Plus I’ve had three glasses of wine. Anyway, I tend to move a lot so I didn’t want full size towers, and I usually live in apartments or complexes with adjoining walls, so sound at moderate volume had to be excellent. I was seriously comsidering Silk monitors and I know I would have been completely happy with that decision, but I had a couple priorities I wanted to address. I knew the Seas Excel and RAAL sound and I loved the accuracy they provide, whereas I had not yet heard the Illuminator. I wanted the greatest possible bass extension in a smallish cabinet size. Finally, I liked the fact the Seas Excel and RAAL would have a slightly higher sensitivity. Thus, I had Jim build a Veracity ST monitor. What continues to impress me with each listen is the ability to play really low frequencies even at low volume. Regardless of music type, and I listen to nearly all genres, apartment friendly volumes sound phenomenal. After mine were built, I did have the chance to listen to Silk monitors, and while they may not go quite as deep as the Veracity monitor, they do have extremely impressive bass for their size and deserve all the praise they receive. I suspect you will be very happy.
Also, here is a big shout out to Jim and the team he has brought together. They create a great value, with exceptional build quality and superb sound.