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I REALLY like my Adam F7 2-way actives (60 watt woofer; 40 watt ART tweeter). Clean, clear, and smooth. They are billed as "studio monitors" but do not let that scare you off. These are for all-day enjoyable listening. And support your move to downsizing as they are internally powered. Excellent sound.
hey dragon, i'm somewhat in a similar situation...i'm trying to sell my Vapor Nimbus Black for something smaller without sacrificing too much of the frequency response...i'm looking at Boenicke W8's speakers...in your case, if you want a horn monitor, then there's nothing better than the dc10audio Berlin R speaker...do a search on the internet...
in smaller spaces, I have found the closed pipe designs satisfying. The Abbeys are really nice looking as well. I agree that a smaller subwoofer would be helpful, I run mine with Vandersteen W2 with an updated amplifier in the mountain cabin as the main system, but listen mostly to classical music , lots of chamber and choral things. What kind of music are you favoring?
I am in a very similar situation, looking for desktop speakers and I'm interested in trying both a horn variety and a RAAL ribbon. I really the suggestion of the dc10 Berlin R for a horn. I will check that out. For a RAAL version, I am going to go with Selah Audio (http://www.selahaudio.com/) I've worked with Rick on a front LCR set and 2 subs. He is great to work with and his stuff is fantastic. He loves RAAL tweeters.
Still not decided. I'm waiting for both my new amp and speakers to sell off till I decide on what to get. At this moment I an leaning towards a tube pre amp and an active speaker amp setup. Possible a smaller 6 inch driver with a single sub.
Just waiting for my stuff to sell so I. Can decide on where the funds will go.
Based on your room size and desire for a ribbon tweeter, I think that the NEAT Iota would be worth an audition. Incredible detail and robust sound that belies their size. They even come in a variety of colors to blend into your room.