Von Schweikert VR-1s.....
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If you're patient, you could stumble across a used pair of Merlin TSMs in that price range(in fact, there is a pair in the classifieds rignt now. Not mine!.) Don't know how many giants would feel threatened by them, but they are some very fine small monitors. Merlin has a stellar reputation as well.
Ditto for VR-1s. I did just put a pair of Axiom M3tis ($300US)in my bedroom and they are amazing little speakers for the money. They don't compete with my Dynaudios or VR-1s, but for the money they are fine. Bottom is about 60 Hz as is the VR-1s, but the VR-1s have a sweet midrange and are very life-like, near field monitors. Good luck!
I heard the Silverline 60 from Kirksaeter at CES two years ago and was impressed by their lack of distortion, low bass output and huge soundstage, particularly considering their tiny size.
Suggested retail is $849.00 and many times I wish I had taken advantage of the show special price offered to me that day.
Said it before and I'll say it again, find a used pair of Acoustic Energy Aesprit AE-300s. Less than half what your willing to spend. Extended bass, fabric tweeter for smooth highs and natural midrange; you can't go wrong. Resell them if you don't like them. I owned the VR-1s and thought these were a much better sounding speaker. My 2 cents.
Platinum Audio Solo's are quite fine, and you really get to enjoy the bass foundation in all your recordings. Because the company is gone, the used price is in the $600 range. Your 90 watt tube amps are going to be able to power these in their sleep, as I used 35 watts per channel in a twelve by fifteen foot room, and never felt restricted dynamics or extension, despite some Audiogon warnings that only mega-amps need apply.
There was something very special about the overall presentation that really could fool listeners into guessing their used price must be much higher.