Thank you for your answer. This is quite interesting. Do you have a thread you can refer me to, for educational purposes?
Let's say I want a wide/forgiving listening area - what would you recommend I look out for?
2) Coaxial speakers so that reflections don't taint the sound too much, even with a significant listening distance.
3) The "speaker axis crossing in front of you" trick, if you have well behaved speakers in dispersion.
Also based on room size, would you recommend tower speakers for my purposes, even if I plan on adding subs?
In general it seems like I need to do more research before looking into specific models. Do you know about a comprehensive, research backed guide that covers speaker set up with regards to room size, listening distance, room treatment, subwoofer integration, etc.?
Forgot this: you could try to find some used big Genelec like the fellow here who got vintage 1032As. Or try Behringer's clone (B2031A).