Rega R1 or RS1 . About as neutral as speakers get.Designed to be used against wall.
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Two to look at. First there are the Rega R1s. Designed to go against the wall or inside a bookcase. Good amount of bass. Next step up, would be the Ascend Acoustics Sierra 1s. Everything I said about the Regas plus the Sierra 1s can be placed on their sides. Have owned both sets of speakers happily. Both play accurately when played low. Well within your budget as both are under a grand.
I would also consider the Totem Sttaf. It is a floor stander but it does have a small footprint. Not base heavy by any means. One of the best I have heard at low volume and very easy to drive. Rear ported but seems to work close to walls. I like it with Naim and have not heard it with Rega. But given how easy it is to drive, it should match well.
Original Sonus Faber Concerto and Concerto Home are front ported and very sweet speakers. They would be wonderful with jazz and female vocal. Hard rock is not their forte, but it depends on the rock you listen to.
Spendor and Harbeth are good options, although again I do not think of them as rock speakers. Not sure about their porting.
I think you would be wise to consider a monitor/sub-woofer combo; not for the bass volume but because a sub may allow you to better control the bass. If I were in your shoes, I would probably look hard at the PSB Imagine Mini with matching stands, a small sealed box sub from SVS, and some sort of room correction device. Throw in a few decent cables and some room treatments and you are still going to be under your $3K budget.