If I were not going to run large SDAs, I would go with Maggie's and a good sub. Having said that, knowing the OPs listening preferences and reluctance of using subs, I would just get a pair of 1.2s, 2.3s, SRSs, even SRS 2s and be done with it.
Btw, to the OP, I've seen you mention that you can never find a pair of such speakers in the ATL area or nearby. I'm from the North GA area and see these come up for sale on a fairly common basis if you are willing to travel within a 300 mile radius to get the speakers. The key is to check your local Craigslist and/or Audiogon and the sorrounding areas. If you look, you'll find a pair soon enough.