My thanks go to you and Pharmaboy for the feedback on the Swans stuff. I feel compelled to check them out fully now. To be honest, when I first saw the brand it was for some low-end computer speakers that just looked odd and ill-conceived to me, but even then I was impressed by the fact that they looked well made. I might just have to get the Swans M50 2.1 to find out for myself.
I know what you mean about mids on 2.1 systems. There just isn't a single perfect system for all scenarios for less than the price of a house. That's why I keep mixing things up. I have a pair of National Electronics (Panasonic) 2-way speakers with 3" paper cone tweeters and "woofers" that are more like "yappers," but they shine in the mids and I hook them up for a few weeks every year just to enjoy their unique sound and for some beautiful clear mids. My best sounding speakers are DCM CX-27 3-ways that I got for free while cleaning out store-room and my second best are NHT SuperOnes that I got free at a church rummage sale as they were closing up (I volunteered $10 because there had been a $5 price tag on one of them but they refused it!). All of these speakers have one great thing or another about them. I know the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 are very common and not spectacular in the midrange, but they are some great easy-listening self-powered speakers for surprisingly larger spaces than I ever imagined and I'm more impressed with them than ever I thought I'd be. I think they actually get sold short, but it looks like the Swans M50 2.1 are a clear step up in both fidelity and build quality. If I do decide to get a set, and I am fighting the temptation, I'll be back here to announce it.