no problem the vandy 2ce no other comes close
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I don't know about "best," but a good floorstander speaker I have heard that meets your criteria brand new is the Tyler Acoustics Freedom F-3 at $1450/pr. (gets down to 35hz)... A couple used floorstanders are the Sonus Faber Grand Piano Home (this one is going to be tough to find for $1500/pr. used, but well worth it if you do) and Opera Audio Eric-3s (usually can be found in the $1200/pr. area used).
I should of put some more detail, but of course at night I was half asleep when typing. I have been a bias Dynaudio guy over the years, 1.3, 1.3SE, 1.4.... I was going to look at a floorstander. I listen to mainly rock and jazz. I loved my HSU VTF3 with the 1.3SE's... kickin setup, but I just hate making room for a sub. So I was thinking a floorstander would be better. Thanks for the input!
Von Schweikert VR2's can be found at around $1500 used; VR4 Gen I's can be found for ~$1200; and VR 3's can be found (though more rare) for ~$700 (or less). I have the VR3s and the only down-side is their bulk, but if you really want a speaker that doesn't require a sub, bulk is a given.
I think you also need to consider what you mean by "no sub". I personally have never been satisfied with a "sub-less" speaker system not capable of flat response to 25Hz or less. There are many others who are completely satisfied with ~35Hz response. I'm sure it depends on your taste in music, as well as the room you're placing them in. This is a question you need to answer for yourself though.
Which amp are you using, and what kind of music do you listen to? How large is your room? That would be useful information to recommend any speaker to you.
Generally, I'd echo the NHT3.3 recommendation, but they do need power in spades to make them sing, and will require quite a bit of space. I would not use them in a smaller room as they'd likely overload the room with bass. In turn, setup correctly in a large space, and with the right amount of current, they will put out some of the deepest, tightest, well-integrated bass I've heard come from a pair of speakers.
I have to agree! Nothing below $10 K that I can think of that does this with a modest degree of accuracy at decent SPL levels. It depends what you want....many $1.5 K speakers produce these frequencies but to do so well is another matter altogether. I am of the camp that I'd rather do without that bottom octave than mess up the rest of the bass response with distortion.