I have been working on what will be (hopefully) my final system upgrades as I work toward retirement. I investigated all sorts of speakers in the under 15K range. I have a small room 9.5x14, and the speakers need to be close to the rear wall due to a hall entering near the back wall. I finally realized that I listen predominately in the "near field" setting, which helped me with my choice. I have enjoyed Zu Audio speakers for the past 10 years or so, and I find the high efficiency to be a real bonus, both for amp choices, and there is something more "alive" in the high efficiency speakers for me.
Placed my order with Lou for the Muse Studio speakers. Excited to order some truly terrific speakers which are pretty much made for my room.
3 months to wait. Happy to know that Lou is that much in demand though. He was fun to talk to, and very helpful with my choices.