proac 1sc, on stands. great sound, great value at about $1200 used
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All very worthy products mentioned. Spica TC60's are a little better on detail than the TC50 but very smiliar sound indeed, ET LFT16's, Spendor, Harbeth, and there have been mention of Mordaunt Short Carnival around $250 to $300 a pair. Thay have been getting rave reviews. The Spica TC50's will mate with a subwoofer very well but the TC 60's are a little harder to mate with a subwoofer being rear ported as the TC50's are acoustic suspension. All the proacs will sound good with tubes as well as all the small speakers listed above. Good luck.
I have a listening room almost exactly the same size (not by my choice), 9.5 x 12.5. There have been many good suggestions above - I used a pair of Von Schweikert VR-1s at first. They worked very well, I just didn't have any bass below 50Hz or so.
A better option might be to treat the room so that you could use speakers with a fuller range. A little room treatment will make a huge difference in a room of your size and provide you with more speaker options.
Very good point from Br3098. My 8x9 room has a disused closet with some absorbent material in it, a couple of treated corners, large drapes in front of door and window walls, shallow bookshelves placed to diffuse sound on one wall and a wool rug opposite that. Not that I'm specifically recommending these as treatment, but the difference they make has been critical to listening in that room.
Thanks to all for the suggestions. Currently using Cremona Auditors. They need to reach a certain volume to "open up" but at this volume when female vocalists sing louder their voices get a little harsh. Will try Br3098's suggestion to try treating the room. As I look around, purely reflective surfaces.
Also, any experience with larger speakers in small room?