unless you can arrange a "triangular" listening set-up- save your money- get something cheap with decent range-maybe from Radio shack etc or some old Advents klh etc...
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Your list i wouldn't exactly call mid-fi, but rather the "entry level". First choice Totem Arro. Unsuspecting quality of bass from the narrow, beautifuly designed enclosure, only maybe rivaled by Opera and Vienna. Quality in (Dynaudio mid/woofer) and out. Toss-up between these three, although heard great things about Castle, offered at 50%OFF, worth checking out.
I would agree with above comment - your list represents 'entry level' which is a good place to start.
Take a look at a used/demo pr of Von Schweikert VR2 - there is a review at AVGUIDE.com - there is a audio dealer (Canadian Hi Fi) on Audiogon selling the Quad line at great prices. There is a pratically new pr of the Totem Arro on Audiogon for $750.00 - excellent price and I hear it's a good speaker. I agree with the statement about Opera and Vienna - can't go wrong with any of them.
Best of luck
Your primary list contains good speakers, although with different qualities. First, it is important to understand that no speaker is perfect, but of course if you are willing to spend a lot of money you get closer to perfection. Although I have extremely expensive system, I think that with patient, experience and the understanding that you will get very good sound, but not perfect, you can have a great system that is relatively inexpensive. I mostly listen to classical music and jazz, so the main features that I'm looking for in speakers is a very natural, detailed and refined midrange and treble, and a good mid-bass and bass. Speakers that Im familiar with and posses these feature are: Vienna Acoustic, Montana (PBN) and Spendor. Among them the Montana is the best sounding in respect to the features I mentioned. Specifically, I listed reasonably priced load speakers. In no more then $3000, you can find speakers that would satisfy any audiophile that is willing to compromise on the very bottom bass, that anyway one could not get for speakers that cost less then 10K.
Snell E/III's. One for sale right now here for $400 OBO in walnut. Beautiful sounding speaker. Easy load on amp. (A lot less than other spks on your list and I'd get these in a heartbeat, especially for the price, over any spk. on your list.) Other possible choices to consider, Mission Freedom 752/753.
Maybe you should try to determine what speaker design elements suit you rather than focusing on price. I've learned that I highly prefer speakers with first-order crossovers. Others just don't sound "right" to me.
Speakers like the Martin-logan CLS (which have no crossovers) sound even better but don't do extreme dynamics very well -this may not be a concern if you don't listen to rock or large scale classical.
Maybe you're an apartment "dweller" and need a speaker that sounds better at low volumes -consider a dipole design.
Knowing what you want will save you spins on the upgrade merry-go-round...
I suggest you consider the Tyler Acoustics line.
I've owned both Taylo and Linbrook models.
Top notch drivers and crossover parts, impeccably inert cabinets, gorgeous veneers.
Made by a super guy who will let you trade up as your budget later allows.
Ty's speakers hold their own with all other comparably sized speakers I've heard, and at a far lower cost.
Check out his auctions. A pair of Taylo monitors is currently available.