After years of waiting, I finally got my speakers today. Right out of the box they are amazing. Even with the system incomplete (cheapo pre-amp and junk interconnects feeding the setup right now), they have the same kind of detail resolution and finesse as the headphone rig does.
I think these are the speakers I can/will grow old with.
Great to hear! Which ones did you eventually get? Our last exchange (long ago) I seem to remember you narrowed it to two choices