In order of price of the models I've had experience, liked, and met the designers, from lowest price
Pierre Gabriel: http://www.pierregabriel.com/
Harmonix by Combak, Bravo Towers: http://www.combak.net/
Burmester of Germany: http://www.burmester.de
I also like state-side Manley Labs' full systems they put together with some of their partners. Burmester and Manley are extremely expensive even at their low ends. Burmester is my favorite of the two, as I've never heard any speaker reproduce a grand the way it can...long the ultimate sound test. Manley's uber-packages are a warmer, jazzy tone. Pierre's stunning low-end towers sound A LOT more expensive than they are, though I commented to him several times I detect a faint sibilance-range sizzle from his "A" tweeters...possibly the reason it sounds so lively. Very minor, though, for the price. He also has a new "reference" version with deeper bass for a chunk more change. I'd love to put this other designer's free-air, bi-polar ribbon tweaters on top, but Pierre's got some custom front-face ribbons on his grand master series. And the Combak towers are razor precise, linear, and holographic, but I'm not sure the designer is done with them. Like speaker versions of the ER4S earphones when matched with a good hp amp. He's been working on the sub-stands for like 5 years. You'd have to check on that, as everytime I've talked to him at CES he's still tweaking and is only selling it on a case-by-case basis. I heard the towers, but the normal Bravos don't have the subs. Identical, detachable tops. If you live near him, I would certainly visit Shorty first and hear some of his creations to keep that as an option.