I say look at Triangle Titus or Cometes.
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No need to apologize for the Dared amps. They may not be pricey, but they deliver the sonic goods. I have lots of stuff, including the Dared VP-20 mono amps and though I'm not terribly confident they will be running a few years from now, they sound silly good, regardless of their price.
If you have a small room and don't like to make the windows rattle, consider the PSB B-25 speakers. They do a whole lot more right than that kind of money expects to buy. 90db and 6 ohm should just be friendly enough, though I wouldn't try to stretch either with that amp.
I run a pair of Triangle Titus ES with an Audio Space tube integrated in a small, rather lively room. The combination is a great success. The amp puts out 16 watts in triode mode, the Tituses are rated 91 dB. I never need to turn the volume up high and there is plenty of bass. (As always, you will need to experiment with positioning to get the best out of the speakers.)
The room is very small--about 8 x 9--and you might want to consider the slightly larger Comète if your room is larger.
Both the Titus ES and Comète ES have been well reviewed. They are both imaging champs. The earlier Titus 202 was very highly praised by Stereophile but note that it is a smaller speaker than the current Titus ES.
Another small speaker with a high sensitivity rating that sometimes comes up here is the JM Reynaud Twin.
Nothing wrong with the Paradigms, but you might consider NHT as well. I think you'll be happier with a sub than not, but you don't have to buy it now. Get the very best monitors you can afford now and worry about the sub later. Realize you are making an investment so look at the cost over at least 5 years.
If you could increase your budget a bit, the NHT Classic Three will get you a 3-way: http://nhthifi.com/2006/press/reviews/new/Stereophile-Three-Nov06.pdf
Check the pricing at the authorized online dealers.