I once owned a pair of the NHT 3.3s and thought they were excellent, but based upon your post I would recommend the Mirages. A few random thoughts -- the NHTs are not inherently bright, but they can be pushed over the edge with the wrong electronics. The Mirages are by today's standards dark sounding, but I think of them as very natural sounding. They are the better choice for listening outside the sweet spot. Bass is very good with the Mirages, but exceptional with the NHTs.
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I had a pair Mirage MS3si bought new many moon ago and NOT recommended. I replaced them with Gallo Nucleus Reference... ones with 2 bowling balls and a can for tweeter.
Not familiar with NHT so can't comment.
Google the new ELAC speakers designed by Andrew Jones. You can buy a pair under $600.
"Sounds like consensus is for the mirage m3sis. Considering they go for 700-1000USD these days, what other speakers should i be looking at?
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That's a really good price for those speakers. The NHT's will wear on you. They're smaller and easier to place, but they can be hard to listen to for long periods. As for other options, I'm partial to Vandersteen. The Model 1 & 2's compete favorably with the NHT and Mirage. The Monitor Audio Silver S8's and the Spendor S5's, are excellent as well.