New Wharfedale 9.2 are in your range, sound very nice, look great, and have a lot of bass. I used mine with an old Brio amp and it was plenty.
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The smaller the better, some nice bass potential (I don't want a sub),
These are within your budget and should have some useful bass down to about 60Hz: http://www.svsound.com/products-spks-scs01.cfm Read the Sensible Sound review -- seems promising.
From your description I think the Silverline Minuets would be an excellent fit. They're small, refined, don't require much power, and pump out an amazing amount of quality bass for their size. In short, they sound like good mid-sized floorstanders and image like demons. There's a sale pending on a pair here for $480, so if you're patient and can stretch a bit it's hard to imagine these would disappoint.
Best of luck.