If you're looking at spending up to $1,000 on a pair of stereo speakers, these are the absolute best performers for the money.
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If you're looking to buy speakers for your home system, then the lion's share of your budget should go to your front speakers. Spending in the neighborhood of $1,000 isn't for the weak of heart, but it will reward you with bigger bass, better detail, and party-making volume levels.
So once you decide on your budget, you need to work out whether you want compact stand-mount speakers or the physical presence of floor-standers. A stand mount is less taxing on the decor and better suited for smaller spaces. However if you do decide to go the whole hog for a set of floor-standers, you get fuller sound for what is essentially the same amount of floor space.
Moving up to floor-standers, the competition is a lot fiercer, but one set of speakers stands out above the rest: the SVS Prime Towers . While they are detailed and crisp, they are also very balanced-sounding, and like the Pioneers sound good with virtually any kind of music -- not something you can say for the rocking Klipschs or the acoustic-friendly PSBs. If you can afford the extra $250, the SVS Prime Towers are ultimately the ones to get over the Pioneers for the pure scale they can summon up in your listening space.