My mother has has RA for her whole life. Not to be taken lightly. And thanks, I've been pretty thrifty. This is really the one area I spend money. Definitely hooked beyond common sense.
The NEATs are lovely. Not bright at all. In fact I wanted to buy their new flagship bookshelf with the double top tweeters, but I there was no hope of finding them used. Considering their size they are incredible. Not bright at all, and really good bass for their size. To be honest the upgrade to the Harbeths was a relatively marginal improvement. Better to be sure, but I bet NEAT's in the same price point would better them substantially. Audition some if you can, I cant say enough good things about them. Cheers!
Pro-ject 6perspex, 2m black, dynavector 20x2
Little bear t10, bugle 2, AR PH6
Neat Motive SX3, Harbeth SHL5
Rogue Cronus Magnum v1 amp
Akai 635 RTR, NAD M51 DAC, Furman 15pfi