Years ago I replaced my Vandersteens with Spendor 3/5’s. You should be able to find them used for around $500.
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Rega RX1 or predecessor models RS1 or R1 bookshelves
The Rega R1 Loudspeaker - A New Budget Reference
"....The Rega R1 becomes my new budget reference speaker. In addition of its ability to get the fundamentals of music right, it adds clarity and resolution, and an ability to lay out a vivid and coherent 3-dimensional stereo image. In small room applications, what more could you want?..."
Highly recommended that you give them an audition.
I second Rega bookshelves - incredible clear midrange, but no impactful bass. I have had the rs5 in the past.
I don't know about the creek integrated - but if you like warmer speakers or you think the creek would be best with such speakers, I can recommend the wharfedale Denton, $500 new on discount. great for near-field, great imaging, never harsh, laid-back, very smooth, very pleasant and musical, good dynamics. Incredible finish and cabinet construction, high-quality binding posts. But they lack the details that a 3k speaker would offer, but they hold their own next to the regas or my totem hawks.
The Elac ub 5 is another $500 gem that has been talked about a lot (never heard them). I am sure would be more neutral than the denton. But I doubt the cabinetry is in par with the dentons.