ATC has a great reputation in active speakers if you like their sound. The 10s cost $5K new but there are a couple of pairs on here now for much less.
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Studio monitors-The mackies use a passive radiator to force extra bass. the weird location of the passive sends low end everywhere too, so I imagine it vibrates your walls at home easily.
To know what you are ready for depends on how you feel about the midrange of the Mackies. Do you want it clearer or do you want what the Mackies are with less low end?
Third the Genelecs. I have a pair of 8030A. Incredible sound. Pin prick detail and real slam (I have the 7050B sub to augment that).
Genelecs are almost standard for near-field monitors in mixing music, movies and tv shows. Huge following among professional recording engineers for their detail and consistency up and down the product line. They however are not "hi-fi warm' meaning less than stellar recordings don't sound great. My Led Zeppelin CD's are a good example. Dark Side of the Moon on the flip side sounds sublime.
How nearfield are we talking about? Are you going to listen to them at high volumes? I am currently have the beolab 3s as my pc speakers. I am sure you can get them at 3k used on ebay. Its compact form and full range capabilities at low volume performance is the reason why i chose them. The acoustic lenses really help them work as nearfields. You have to hear them to believe how amazingly adapt they are for computer use.