PSB GOLD I's
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The NHT 3.3's would definitely NOT need a subwoofer.
A bit over your budget, but you may also want to take a listen to the very well-reviewed Gallo Reference III's. I was moderately impressed with them, though not wowed, but I think much of that had to do with the SS amplification in my case. They did exhibit some very tight realistic bass that went plenty low. They offer a sub amp option, though I cannot imagine needing that.
I third NHT 3.3s (or 2.9s under $1000 used).
Paradigm Studio 100s have 7inch drivers.
NHT 2.9s have 10inch.
3.3s have 12inch. It's not even close in terms of bass response between 3.3s and Studio 100s.
Stratus Goldi towers (with dual 8.5inch?) have alot of output/SPL down to ~40hz....comparable to the 2.9s (which go a little lower).
Here are two detailed reviews on the 3.3s: