I knew this would happen and I will probably get "I told you so" from some of you. I just spent the last hour playing with my speakers and recievers and came to a bad conclusion. The last set up I did was with a NAD reciever and my Monitor 40s. The Monitor 40s, as good as they are, are not the caliber I am looking for. It had nothing to do with bass extension but the upper mids and highs were just not clear enough for me. This was in a smaller room than I have most of my stuff set up in and is actually well treated sound wise.
At first I was nieve and thought how much better can a much more expensive speaker be? Well, now I am finding out they can. I have listened to $1,000+ speakers in stores before but never on my own equipment.
My daughter is getting the Monitor 40s for here room and I am going to look for something other than the Monitor line for my HT/music room.
Oh well. Live and learn!