Paradigm Atoms, NHT SuperZeros, Gallo Micros.
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As I write this, I am listening to Axiom M3Ti's and feel that they quite capably meet your requirements for $275 shipped (new, ~$150 used). There was a lot of hype about these speakers about 2yrs ago, and it was well-deserved as these are solid little monitors.
They are remarkably well made at this pricepoint (very well-done laminate) and sound fantastic. I am using them in an office system driven with an Audio Refinement Complete integrated (50WPC) which is actually overkill. They are rated at 93dB/m with an easy 8 ohm load.
When I bought them about 1.5 yrs ago, they actually bumped my main speakers for awhile because the highs were far smoother and less-fatiguing than my old B&W's. They have impressive resolution, probably owing to the fact that they do not use a crossover - the 6.5" woofer naturally rolls off, yet blends surprisingly well with the titanium tweeter. You don't get much below 50Hz, but it seems like more with a punchy midbass.
This little system has an enjoyable presentation of most kinds of music - female vocals, jazz, chamber and acoustic music. It can even get you toe-tappin' with rock, but only in a small- to medium-sized room.
I have no affiliation with Axiom, and to be honest, I was seduced by the reviews. The only speaker that I demoed them against were B&W DM601s2's and it was an easy decision - MUCH better highs, a sweeter, more engaging midrange and much more refined. The B&W's were a little quicker, which was great for rock if only I could get past that hot tweeter. Needless to say, I am very pleased with my choice despite the relatively blind decision. Here's one of many reviews to give you a little more background on the design and the company's background:
Good luck with your system - it can go a long way towards making those hours at work seem far less tedious. Mark
B&W DM302 are 91dB. No longer made, but mint used pairs very easy to get here and on eBay. Also a great sounding small speaker for very little $$$$ ($150 to $180 used). The cheapest speaker to have a Stereophile recommendation; an Editors Choice Award and Budget Speaker of the Year Award.
I use a pair of B&W DM302 in my office with a Creek 4330R (40 watts). See my systems link.
NHT. You can pick up some nice NHT's for very reasonable price (used). However, I would go for a fuller range NHT than the Superzeros. I own a pair of Superzeros and would not put them in my office. I also own B&W N802's and have run smaller B&Ws, Thiels, but for my office it's an NAD integrated and NHT speakers. Excellent at low volumes where they still seem to do the good stuff right.
I think Superzero's are too bass shy.Try the ones.I have recomnded B&W 302's too freinds and use them on my all in one office set up.They don't have the bass the 303's have but are much cleaner and bright which I like.Really interesting technology went into them with a back panel with molded pyramids to break up standing waves.Last the cheap Triangle bookshelves (Titus?) get very favorable nods and are very efficient.Letus know what you got!