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For about $300 used I'd say look at the Tannoy Mercury M1 or M2 series of speakers. I've had the M1s and not only do they look good they were quite musical as well. I found for bass response it depended on the amp you put with it. I ran my set with a Hafler DH-220 and bass was just right. Then for kicks one night I ran the M1s with a Hafler DH-500 and the bass increased.
Another pair of speakers I think you should look at are older B&W DM303 series speakers.
I second the vote for the B&W 601. Although I've been through a number of monitor upgrades in my main system, I've always found a place to use the 601's... it just isn't worth selling for the money I could get for them. They are currently doing service in a vacation house and sound fantastic with a cambridge audio integrated amp and NAD cd player.