A few years ago I started a system with some gear from Definitive Technology (2x studio monitors and a clr center). And I loved them dearly. Next, I purchased a 12" subwoofer from HSU Research. And then some SpeakerCraft AIM8 in-ceiling speakers to round-out the 5.1 system.
About 6 months ago, I got the itch for something with a little more oomph. So I started demoing some things. I was happy with my DefTechs so I started out looking at some of their towers. Eventually someone suggest that I look at the MartinLogan ElectroMotions. I knew of ML but they'd always been outside my price range, at least until that time anyways.
I instantly loved the electrostats and I was shocked at how much sound I could get for the money. I picked them up from an a/v shop near my house for a decent price and I purchased an Emotiva UPA-2 stereo amp to provide some dedicated power.
As I'm sure MartinLogan intended when releasing their "budget" electrostat, I'm now addicted. I just purchased a Motif center to really give my h/t that extra pop. The DefTech center didn't integrate well and I really wanted something more substantial than a phantom center.
In the near future, I'd like to upgrade my amp to a more powerful three-channel amp and then run the surrounds from my old stereo amp. At that point I'll want to swap out my receiver for a dedicated pre/pro. Long-term? Who knows! Maybe upgrade my mains to something bigger like the Theos. One thing's for sure, I'm definitely a convert!