I still love to suggest Green Mountain Callisto for a small speaker and your music taste, but I am just speaking from hearing it...it is an amazing speaker and one you may be able to get used for your price.
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You might audition the Dynaudio Focus 140 if there is a dealer in your area. It just got an excellent review in the current issue of Stereophile.
I have also been impressed with the Paradigm Signature S2. You currently own a pair of Paradigms, so you know their general reputation. The "Signature" series is a step up in performance and is relatively small in size. Here are a couple of links to reviews:
Currently, there is Audiogon ad asking $1300 for Platinum Audio Reference 1, including matching stands. Able to be driven by your amp, and is a very special bargain at this price.
The list prices up at $4400 before the company folded its tent, and the designer moved to live and work in China, some years back.
Hi Perkadin....The Paradigms are not bad. I would most like to see a much better sound stage. In my mind they do not do a great job at disapearing in the room. I like the sound of electrostatics for that reason but with my room...well...that I think is the problem. That being said, I rent so buying to fit this room may not be the smartest thing either. My job moves me a lot and who knows my next place may have a much larger room. Its a tough call...do you buy to fit a temporary place or buy what you want and hope one day you find the right room???
Zerius, Antal etc. These are very efficient and sound extremely good. The Antal's are flat to 45hz - but don't let that throw you. I have the Celius (next model up) which are flat rated to 43hz. However - in room I am flat to 35hz and only 3db down at 30hz. Too many people ignore the room and buy a speaker that is flat below 40hz and wind up with a boomy mess. I learned that the hard way. The only time one should get a speaker flat below that is if the room isvery large or it is load with room treatments - traps etc