Buy the Vandersteen 2's with 2 of their subwoofer's. You'll still have money left over to buy a great amp; and the sound will be superior to anything else out there. You will also have saved some money. MERRY CHRISTMAS
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Sorry, can't help you "head to head", but I can attest to the sound of Siverline. I use SR-17s (monitors) but got to listen to the Sonatinas when I bought the SR-17's, and absolutely loved them. Couldn't afford them then, or I would own them today, but I have absolutely NO complaints with the SR-17s, and have no reservations recommending the Sonatinas. I do recall preferring their balance and voice over the comparable Sonus Faber (not the Grand, I don't think, one model down, perhaps?). In daily use, I've come to believe there is something to the Silverline idea of chopping off the top front corners on the cabinets. I am not an engineer, nor do I profess much beyond rudimentary knowledge of audio, but there IS something different in the way these speakers present. And I like it. I find their treble to be the smoothest I heard, and the overall range of the speaker to be most complete (iirc, they spec better than the SF's , but I'm too lazy to go look it up! I know you can't hear specs, but...I have heard the speakers.)
Speaker recommendations are very difficult because the subjective nature involved in how we judge them. Even if we can agree on a speaker that we both think sounds wonderful in a particular situation chances are that they will sound different when you get them home due to room acoustics.
The AP Tempo is an excellent speaker. It is easy to drive and works well in small rooms. I would suggest that you listen to the B&W N804, same price point, or the N803, more expensive speaker. They do not require expensive amplification to work well although you can upgrade your electronics in the future and be rewarded. I think that the B&W N series is are richer sounding speakers. They are not as fast as the AP speakers that I have heard in the past. Good luck and Happy Holidays.
All I would add to the other comments is that before you commit your hard-earned dollars, go into a pro audio shop and audition a pair of Tannoy System 15 DMT II. 98 dB sensitivity, 200 wrms power handling, 38 HZ - 25 kHz, totally neutral and unforgiving of source components--you'll get what is on the recording and what the upstream components can deliver--nothing more or less. Compatible with SETS or monster solid state amps or anything in between. No beautiful hardwood veneers here, but the DMT cabinets are the best I've (not) heard. They list here in Canada for the equivalent of US$4000, but are sold for around US$3000. I include of course the caveats about subjectivity, etc. Good luck.
3.6R's by magnepan would be a good choice. I also know more then a few members love von schweikert(spelling?) perhaps the VR-4.5genII is available in that price range. There are plenty of good sounding speakers available in that range, you shouldn't have a problem finding something good.
My Meadowlark Shearwater Hot Rods come in under your limit. I love 'em for their naturalness, gorgeous midrange, coherence. Good WAF too. Nothing bothers me about what they do, at all. If I could have gone higher I would have listened to Verity Audio. If I had had to go sideways I would have tried Audio Physik. Then there are Maggies, if you want to strike out away from the beaten path.