The NHT 2.5i and usually be gotten on Audiogon for around that price. Very good sound and looks.
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Give a listen to the PSB's and the NHT 2.5i's. Both are good but the NHT's have considerably more bottom end. I have listened to both, but preferred and purchased the 2.5i's.
Some find the NHT's 'bright', but this has a lot to do with associated source, wires and amp. ...A good match is a must.
If you are considering the 2.5i's make certain that you already have (or attain) enough amplifier power. The 2.5i's need an amp with serious control (damping factor). When I first owned my 2.5i's I got away with 70 watts via a Sim Audio I-5 & Rega Planet, paired with Goertz MI-2 wires. Despite being low wattage the I-5 did an admirable job of controlling the 2.5i's. BUT… if you really want the 2.5i's to perform at their full capabilities give them 200 watts a side. It doesn't have to be mega-buck brand X name power (NAD would probably do for you - re: your bang to buck request).
Prior to getting rid of the 2.5's on a whim I bi-amped them with 285 watts (into 6 ohms)to the woofers and 180 watts (into 6 ohms) to the mid/tweeter section. It was in a word amazing! Everything improved. ...And though some would say this is overkill I would tell those folks that it took quite a few thousands more to make a difference that was head and shoulders better in all respects.
There isn't much out there that can touch the 2.5i's for the $... especially for the prices you can find online. While the 2.5i's are far from perfect (need so much power) you can improve the sound quite dramatically with upgrades (as finances permit) all it takes is the $, time and patience. And THAT is quite a bit of the fun of it all.
As for others if you can... also check out the Meadowlark Kestrel/hotrod or Totems (though more $ to performance ratio).
Tannoys release of their Mercury M-series brought them back to the top sellers list in the European market:
Take a look at the MX-4, which runs about $730 for a 91db 8ohm floor stander... pretty nice looking as well
Or, their MX-3 at $530... however, I believe its rated at 89db...also 8ohm...
Then their is Axiom Audio... a Canadian company I believe..their Millennia M40Ti comes in at about $470 for a 93db, 8ohm floor stander...
You specifically asked for a $750 RETAIL CAP, so that is what I provided... You have plenty more choices in the used market...good luck
Get the Wharfedale Emerald97's or Emerald95's. Wharfedale is a british speaker company adn they are very reputable. Both of these models are biwireable. They have a real wood cabinet and they look great and of course sound awesome. The difference between the two is the 97's have two 6.5 in drivers and the 95's have one 6.5 in driver. You can get the 97's on Amazon.com for $700 and the 95's are $400. These speakers are affordable and have very good quality. I have the 97's for my mains and 95's for my rears and an emerald center channel speaker and my thx system cranks. If I had to do it all over again I would do the same. The perfect tower speaker for the buck.
Monitor Audio 5i's. They retail for $999, but my dealer sold them to me for $850, and I've heard of other dealer's selling them for as low as $700 (new). They're efficiency isn't 90db, but it's close at 89db. They're set up for bi-wiring/amping, and can be loaded w/ sand or leadshot. I think they sound great, though they lean SLIGHTLY on the brighter/analytical side. My warm sounding Audio Refinement Amp (50watts/ch) takes the edge off the speakers nicely (I'm using a Cambridge Audio D500 CDP for the source, and transparent audio cables to hook it all up). Reviews on this speaker have been great. I think the best thing about this speaker is its transparency. I can easily hear the difference in sound when I make changes/tweaks to the system. Check out some of the responses in my recent thread (half page below yours), "Should speakers come first in gradual upgrade", for other people's impressions of the Monitor Audio 5i's. They're also beautiful speakers with book-matched real wood veneers and are designed/made in England.