Dollar for dollar you are going to have a hard time beating the MartinLogan Motion 40. I auditioned over 10 different speakers in the $2,000-$5,000 price range and I'll be honest, these worked extremely well for every single genre of music. Some speakers sound great with acoustic or orchestral or vocal tracks, while some sound great with rock but very few are forgiving and pleasing when it comes to all genres and compressed music. The reason I mentioned compressed music that they play nice to mp3 files (192kbps and higher) but they're not overly critical of them either. However if you can feed it high res tracks (CD quality 44.1khz/16-bit or higher), you'll be rewarded in spades.
I found a pair of open box ML M40 for $1200 at Best Buy. Basically at that price nothing came close. I auditioned B&W CM10 S2, B&W CM9, Focal Aria 926, Revel F206, GoldenEar Triton 5, Paradigm 75F, Klipsch Reference R-26F, Sonus Faber Chameleon, Sonus Faber Venere 2.5 and Polk Audio LSiM705.
I ended up loving the ML 40 over all. A very close second I could go with either of these B&W CM10 S2, Revel F206 or Focal Aria 926. But the ribbon tweeter on the ML40 is just so smooth. Not a hint of harshness, not overly bright and this is a speaker you can pair with pretty much any receiver. They're easy to drive and sound equally great no matter where they're plugged in.
I run them through a Harman Kardon HK 3490 (but I did test them with Yamaha stereo integrated and the Peachtree Nova 150). It sounded wonderful with all of them.
The speaker doesn't have the widest or deepest of soundstages compared to the few that do, and it has enough, but the imaging is superb though. It's hard to isolate the sound to one speaker. Bass is plenty although for the EDM, Rap, Hip-hop genre a sub is essential and I do plan to add two to my setup down the line. But for most everything else you'll make an easy emotional connection with your music.
This is a speaker I can live with for a long time, WAF is high and the listening experience never gets fatiguing. And the price was too hard to pass up. What's not to like?