I think it's a great approach. You might also consider the NHT Xd active system -- not sure if it meets your pricing.
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Thanks for the responses. Some of the brands like PMC and NHT Xd are over my budget, but the others I am going to try to audition once I get further into the process. I anticipate that making decisions even after auditioning isn't going to be easy, because no one place will have all the brands, and the acoustic environments will differ greatly. For instance, it looks to me like Focal can only be auditioned at a working pro studio, whereas some of the others like Genelec, Adam, JBL are going to be at actual "stores" like Guitar Center.
BTW it was seeing reviews on the NHT Xd that in part interested me in actives for HT (that, and already owning a pair of Paradigm Reference Active/40 ...too bad Paradigm stopped making active monitors!) But as I said, the Xd is over my budget.
Yes, it's a real shame that the audiophile community hasn't embraced active speakers. The Paradigm Active/20s with associated subwoofer was a killer system for not many dollars.
I can vouch for the M&K suggestion - I use the passive versions. But, with M&K closing their doors you may not want to consider them.
The Focal Solo looks like a bargain. You might also take a look at Mackie: http://www.mackie.com/products/studiomonitors/index.html
Here's some other choices: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/shop/1641/Monitors_Active_Monitors.html
Good luck and let us (or just me) know what you end up with and how they work out.
Yes, unfortunately Ken closed the doors after 34 years a couple of months ago.
Wes Phillips posted a brief interview with Ken a couple of months ago on the Stereophile site giving Ken a chance to explain.
I am working on integrating three Meyer Sound HD-1's into my system. I bought three of them and am breaking them in now. My first impression is that they are very analytical, realistic and energetic. I also picked up a Meridian G68 that I am trying to figure out. So far I like my old system better but I am confident that I will exceed it with this new stuff, at least that is what I tell my wife. :)
I auditioned a bunch of small, powered, studio monitors about a year ago. The Mackies are quite good but the Dynaudio impressed me the most. These really sound like audiophile speakers.
The ones I checked out are for nearfield use, though. Not sure how they'd sound if you were more than 5 feet or so from them.
Watched a movie with my son last night that I have probably seen 50 times. "Cars" was amazing on my new system. It was like I had never seen it before. The audio was outstanding. The energy this system produces made me feel like I was at a Nascar track.
Cars like Toy Story 1 and 2, a bug's life and Monsters inc were all mixed on ATC SCM 100 Actives by Frank Wolf and I agree that the sound is absolutely phenomenal on any of these movies...
The Mackies would probably work just fine. They cost half as much as the Focal Twin 6's too. You might ask what do you get for twice the price? You get to take the blanket off the Mackies. The tweeter in the focals just plain rocks. How do I know all this? I had the Mackies before I got the Focals. I'll bet the Solo 6's would work great too. They pop up for sale on the Gearslutz site quite regularly. Those guys don't know when to stop, just like most guys here on Audiogon.