PSB T6's. Awesome for the money.
I've seen a couple sets of Vandersteen 3A sigs sell in that range. However, I do feel you'll get better suggestions if you answer Bigshutterbug's questions. Here's a list of information that generally helps the AG community narrow down their suggestions:
Room dimensions (L x W x H)
Acoustic characteristics (hardwood/carpet, windows, open or closed room)
Power/Pre Amps and Source
I would also consider anything Reference 3A.
Do want to let you know that right now there is a pair of next to new Nola Contenders on AG right now. There $2,500.00. I havn't heard them but based on what I have read, I am thinking that's alot of bang for the buck. You may also check with AudioWaves for a model Triangle that fits your budget and needs.
Hope this helps.
PS: Go look at the Nola Contenders on AG, I dont think you can go wrong. A seller by the name of Golden-Sound has them listed. There is also a pir of 3a Dulcets in near mint condition here on AG, but I think that the asking price is more then a bit too much
Look for a used pair of Eggleston Works Fontaines - they deliver tight, punchy bass. I've had mine several years now and nothing has been able to unseat them. The original ones require a sub, but not as necessary for the model IIs, depending on your listening habits and room. The secret to their wonderful sound: no crossovers on the dual mid drivers; extremely inert cabinets; and the most musically satisfying (IMO) tweeter. I believe the Dynaudio Esotar tweeter is the key to acheiving non-irritating/fatiguing HFs.
The room Is relatively small with low ceilings , I collect audio equipment .I've got ..Amps : B&K st140 / Adcom 555/Adcom 555 modified . Krell 250a and an Anthem . Pre amps : Adcom 565/ Audible Illusions and a Mccoramack . CD players : an NAD and a California Audio Labs / I;ve got Audioquest King Cobra inters and Kimber Cable speaker cable ....t
THANKS for your input everyone ...I'm probably gonna go with the Vandersteens or Proacs .I'd like to get a listen to the Dynaudio's and the Linn's but I'd have to venture into NYC ...5 miles away but 2 hours worth of aggravation getting there : (
2 speakers fit your description perfectly. The Legacy classics ($1200-$1400) and the legacy Focus 20/20's ($2600-$3k).
The Focus 20/20's are easily the best speakers Ive owned. I say this because they are the most complete speaker Ive ever owned. They have power, punch, and yet are relaxed and gentle in the top end. IMO this is a speaker that would make you very happy. To this day I regret selling mine. All Music sounded great through them. They rocked out with rock music and took me away with jazz. Bad recordings were great through them and great recordings were awesome. Just a great true full range speaker that you don't see much of anymore.
3qty 12" woofers will get you there in the bass, and the ribbon tweeters have absolutely no ear fatigue like metal domes do. I miss the sound just thinking about it.