Last Friday night, during an impromptu party, a cute woman from Romania turned my amp up all the way and destroyed my trusty old Infinities that I'd had for 17 years. I am now in the position of needing to buy speakers and I need to be time-efficient about doing so (I may well fix the Infinities but that will take some time). I went to two local stores and frankly they were a drag. The switching devices didn't work, and the salespeople were oriented towards television. So I'm turning to here for any sort of advice. Here is some data in case it helps:
My budget is around $700. I know that is not much these days. The room in which the speakers will spend most of their time is pretty big, 17x27, with hardwood floors, rugs. I listen to music all the time, from rock to classical. I don't watch TV. I'd be fine with bookshelfs (I'd add a sub later) or floor-standing. I tend to move my speakers around and use them heavily. Before the Infinities, as a teen, I had some big old Advents. I use three amps in different rooms, an old Onkyo, a new Yamaha, and a little Audiosource "Amp-2."
Any sort of help or steering, general or specific, would be useful to me.