I love my Ushers so much I exported them to Oz.
Couple of Ideas:
I’m not familiar with the model you are getting. If they are bookshelf speakers get yourself some speaker stands and elevate your speakers up to listening position. Do you have a link to the product?
If you are okay with the look of seeing the loud speakers in the box, take off the front material cover - you’ll notice a lot more ‘air’ (presence between 10-15K) without those things.
Investing in a sub might not be a bad idea, depending on how hard you’re going to drive them, music type, budget etc.
Probably more important than speaker cable is the cable that connects your CD player to the amp. Don’t use those $2.95 jobbies from the electrical store, get yourself some good quality ones. There is no point in spending oodles on speaker cables if the amp isn’t receiving a decent signal from the CD player. Our sales man threw a nice pair in the deal, worth asking.
I recently auditioned a NAD CD & amp around $1000AUS each. Too clinical for me, Judas Priest sounded lifeless and thin, but Norah Jones’s voice kicked arse: open and clear, but the band were pushed to the background. I was relived to get home and rock out with my Sony/Usher combination. Most important is to listen to the products before you shell out your cash. Take a selection of music into the shop and insist on listening to it. Don’t be embarrassed, after all it is you that will be listening to them at home. Make sure you flatten the EQ and match you amp/CD combination. If you don’t want a sub, make sure that they switch it off.
If you like the sound of Usher, an English brand, KEF, might be worth a look too, if you get them in Tw.