Thanks for the responses. I'll look into those. Not sure yet on amplification. I'll look into the Leben and Stingray II integrateds, and others. Mostly listen to 50s jazz and jazz vocals, some other stuff.
Bigamp, if this is going to be a desktop system, the speakers don't have to be very efficient. At an arms length away, a 5 watt Decware Zen amp drove my M&K nearfield monitors (currently up for sale here) much louder than I could ever listen.
Before spending more $, try to audition the Silverline Audio Minuet ($600/pr list). Like all of Alan's speakers, they are easy to drive with flea-powered amps. I was shocked by the performance of these tiny monitors at HE2007 in NYC.