Given that you have had extensive critical listening to both the SS-CS5 and DBR62 I was wondering how you would characterize their fundamental sonic differences? It is a given that the Elac will have better LF extension and from all I have read I would expect a less forward sound in the upper bands. But I have not seen any useful direct comparisons. Not looking for a pronouncement of one being better than the other, that is subjective in so many ways as to not serve a real purpose, but rather how do they differ in achieving their design goals for music presentation?\nI also believe the Sony SS-CS5 is a great speaker. It was designed in response to A. Jones Pioneer BS-22 and I think it succeeded in that goal (not sure how sales have been - they did not have all of the hoopla that AJ\/Pio did).\nI have no trouble making a pronouncement of the DBR-62 outperforming the CS5 because the difference is significant in several areas - Detail, balance across frequencies, dynamics, etc. There may be somebody who prefers the Sony, but it would not be due to their wanting accurate sound!\nI don't mean to beat up on the Sony's, but the difference between them and a well designed (i.e. - not one of the crappy) $600\/pr speakers is substantial!\nWith your criteria of front ported speakers, the DBR-62 is a good candidate and I think you will be very happy with it!\n\nIn case you find a rear ported speaker that you love - Since you have a sub in the system,and as long as you cross at 80Hz, I would not worry about the rear port. I would plug it. These ports will be tuned to 50Hz or less (more typically below 40Hz).\n\nOf the speakers on your list, I have only heard the Totem DreamCatcher. I thought it sounded lovely on something like a simple jazz trio or string quartet; however, they fell apart when I listened to music that gets busy with many voices (it was Frank Zappa in my specific case). I have no idea if this is a valid explanation, but I reasoned that Totem's declared intent to use cabinet resonance as a component of the sound results in a non-linear effect that gets over-activated when things get busy!\n\nI think the idea of making the home office a better space makes all of the sense in the world since we are all spending so much time at home!