Don't take too much stock on any one person's advice on which speaker brands are good and bad. With headphones, I read the reviews, and followed this forum closely for advice, and I still ended up with headphones I didn't like. With speakers, you are more likely to be able to hear them beforehand and sometimes that helps you narrow the field more quickly
I've had MANY MANY speakers pass through my own hands (mostly smaller ones) and in my house (sometimes at the same time), and there were tradeoffs in all of them in their sound quality, and none of that was ever apparent by studying reviews, or looking at the internal parts. Some of the ones I thought would be great disappointed and sometimes I didn't expect one speaker to be as good as it was. Like headphones, they come in some many flavors that you can't expect everybody's favorite will be yours too. This is ESPECIALLY true with loudspeakers since your room has a huge role to play in the final sound. So try to find a dealer that has a return policy. The local dealers I bought from allowed me to return speakers I didn't like, and I wasn't afraid to buy and try them out.