Selah audio MF7's
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Can you get by with stand mount/bookshelf monitors, or do you want floor standing speakers? Better imaging and accuracy versus more (but not necessarily better) bass for the money.
Wharfdale - Diamond 9.1 or 9.2 smooth but accurate
B&W - 685 voiced to match Rotel gear
Epos - ELS-3 or M5 midrange
Focal - JM Lab 705V great highs
PSB - Image B25 well balanced
Polk Audio - RTi A7 haven't heard these
Monitor Audio - BR5 pretty good
That should give you something to look at.
Any of NHT's Classic line that fits your budget will do quite nicely. Add a subwoofer as funds allow.
BTW, ListenUp and Audio-Video Logic still has some NHT M5 monitors available. This will be very tough to beat at the close out pricing. Check out the monitor listings here at audiogon.
They also still have some U1 and U2 subs available.
Avoid the Magnepans at all costs. They require too much placement variation and are picky about what drives them. They also have a small "sweet area" and can sound like a transistor radio if you are walking around the the room. Maggies are for people with dedicated listening rooms and the ability to try different amps. Sounds like you just want to hear good music.
Epos and PSB make good models you can find used in your price range. The Dynaudio Focus 110 is also a great speaker at about $800.00 used. Quite good looking, too.