I have older NHT's (2.5i and matching center) and was looking at the B & W's and Paradigm. Like mic's the only way to really buy is to listen for what you like and listen too. Many shops offer a buy and try/trade in and I did that. They always sound different in your house than the floor of the store.
I am very happy with my speakers and listen to a lot of acoustic, bluegrass, Grateful Dead, etc. The thing I have found is the accuracy, sound stage and seperation improve with $ spent. Hmmmm, this sight has taught me that about mics as well.
I am looking to improving my amp and pre for home theater and music. Given the diversity here I would love to hear more on what folks are doing in this area as well.
All the best,