Also, I may consider POLK Rti A3. Again, no local audio stores carry anything in the RTi or higher Polk offerings.
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Polk Audio LSi-7's or Paradigm Studio 20's should fit the bill nicely. They sound quite different from one another, with the LSi's being a tad more refined and warm, whereas the Paradigms are more open, dynamic, and lively. Both are great speakers, can be had within your budget, and will run fine off of an Elite receiver.
Just as a relatively cheap experiment, consider modding the crossovers to improve the sound of your rti28's. Dennis Murphy, a well regarded crossover designer and musician has an article on doing this inexpensively (http://murphyblaster.com/content.php?f=RTi28.html).
I've got the parts and will try it on my spare rti28's.