We are a Jolida dealer and use the new Von Schweikert VR-2 with incredible results. Also the Meadowlark Kestrel 2 for less money.
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The Soliloquy line is pretty nice and affordable. I am using 5.3s. I once barrowed a Jolida 102b, and I enjoyed the result. At 90db, these floor standers don't need a lot of power. In fact, I am currently playing around with an ASL MG-S115 DT, which can be run in pentode @ 15 w/channel OR triode--AT a mere 5 watts! They sound sweet!
In your price range, I would say the three speakers I would recommend are:
1) Totem Arro. Exceptional sound, I would have no reservation going with this combination myself. In fact, one day, I might simplify and do just that. Misses the bottom octave, but the rest of it more than makes up for it. A very live sound, that just begged the question, "Why would anyone ever spend more?" Perhaps the most amazing soundstaging I have ever come across.
2) Coincident Triumph UHS. This is the best small loudspeaker I have come across under $2500. If I do ever simplify, this would be the other speaker on my short list. Would have to A - B them with the Arros.
3) Von Schweikert VR1. Treble a bit better than the Coincident, but the Coincident walks away from it in probably every other regard, especially the presentation(clarity, coherence, extension, ability to play clean - no congestion) of the low frequencies. Still, this is the second best small loudspeaker I have come across under $2500.
By the way, the VR2 is quite a nice speaker at its price point, but one should really give a listen to the new Freid and JMlabs Electra lines before declaring the VR2 to be the best speaker under $4K
I'm sorry, but the Totem Arro is the best match so far that I have ever encountered with the Jolida 302B. And, as anyone here knows me, I am definitely the biggest Jolida 302B supporter on this site. The combination is capable of loud music.
As far as placing speakers close to the rear wall, that is normally a better situation with a front ported speaker, which the Coincident is not. The Von Schweikert VR1 is also in the same boat, as is the Soliloquy.
On the other hand, front ported speakers have a tendency to REALLY annoy me ala "chuffing" of the port. But, nothing is absolute.
I do like Raguirre's suggestion of Triangle...
The level at which you listen to music will be a factor in how far you need the Sols from the rear wall.If not at ear bleeding levels the Sols do fine 24 inches from the rear wall and maybe less depending on your listening habits.I have 6.3s 24 inches off the rear wall and 11 ft apart..I'am not having any bass or imaging problems.Any speaker you get.. you will have to play with it until it sounds right to your ears.