Paradigm Monitor 7. Very good floorstander and perfect match for Yamaha. Far better than the Yamaha speakers. Go all Paradigm when you can afford it. Don't forget the center channel which is the most important speaker in a ht system. Look at the Paradigm cc370.
I have to agree with elitefan, I have the 7's, and have listened to them on a yammie and they sounded great. Another good reason for them is that your receiver doesn't have lots of extra power so the easy to drive monitor 7's will allow you to get the most out of your receiver. Happy listening
Paradigm makes some of the BEST speakers on the market, reguardless of price with reguards to their signature line.
Looking at their performance and monitor lines, the performance for the price is shockingly good. Their speakers can go head to head with much more expensive speakers and pull their own. That is also the first time that I have ever heard that Paradigm is overpriced.
Take a look, I think you will be happy. I use paradigms in the living room, and magnepans in my main system. I can listen in my living room, and be really happy with the sound quality.
Well then, your friends have done something that you should also be doing. Go out there and listen to the speakers yourself and make a decision. You may very well have a different preference with speakers.