At this price point...I would go used...PSB stratus minis would be a good match...nice mellow, spacious sound for the price...I believe NAD and PSB share the same USA distributor if that means anything...
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Try the JBL S38.
They retail for $600, currently available at J&R Music for $250 or so http://www.jandr.com/JRProductPage.process?RestartFlow=t&Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=136&Product_Id=2797690.
Also, here is a review from Stereophile http://www.stereophile.com/showarchives.cgi?365.
Thanks for the suggestions. I went to the local sound shop today and listened to Paradigm Studio 20s and 40s on a NAD 270. This is the best sound I've heard in my life. (I've been accustomed to some harmon/kardon computer speakers playing MP3's for a long time) I actually like the 20 v2s more than the 40's. 20's seemed more clear while 40's had more extreme bass I think.
Anyway, I have one last question.. If I bought either the integrate amp or the speakers used, and I have no knowledge of the inner workings of them, how will I know they are in good shape? What can happen to year old speakers and amps that I should be aware of?
This is a matter of faith and luck. But, you can ask for pictures and read the feedback information. You will get better used gear from Audiogon than much other used markets in my experience.
Although your intended pieces are not that expensive new, you will have a much better price if buying used instead. If the difference is not that big though, you should consider your local diller since he will give you full guarantee. In my experience, NAD has a good quality and they last a long time. If you end buying the Paradigns used, be sure to buy them from a near seller if possible to avoid damages in shipping.
Good luck and enjoy your new system,