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Size room?, type of music listen to? Some of the Focals used will be in your range. The NAD is good for many of the speakers in this range as so many run a bit hot on top. You will have tons of choices, but mostly what you will get in this thread will be people telling you what they have and like. Right now you can get closeouts on last years models from many of the companies out there. Sierra, I think it is makes some nice efficient speakers. Keep in mind that the NAD is a legit 20 watts and has some current behind it, unlike some of the lower stuff out there. I have run a bit more powerful NAD integrated, the 326BEE on my Floorstanding Proac Supertowers (that are for sale around your range) and the sound was excellent. To me, much better than most of the 1k choices on the market, but that's me and I'm also trying to sell them as I upgraded recently. Great luck to you.
Having owned a couple of 3020's, no doubt it is a gutsy 20 watts with good headroom. Since you seem to be concerned with speaker sensitivity, what does the 3020's power indicator show when using your Celestion (89db) playing your most demanding music at it's loudest? Does the last light blink, and if so, how often? I could not find sensitivity for the Paradigm, but sure it is not higher than the Celestion.
"Just wanted to keep the NAD in good shape being so old and not damage it..That is why I was thinking a more efficient speaker."
I wouldn't use that as my primary motivation in seeking out new speakers. As long as you are not doing anything extreme like blasting music at very high levels, I wouldn't worry about hurting the amp.
As far as the choices you list in your first post goes, its not that one is better than the other. Its whatever speaker you like the best. They're all good speakers, you just have to like them.
I have two pair of Proac's in teak that I"m selling off. One are Supertowers that new went for over 3k and Studio 1's. The towers go all the way down to 30HZ. Both sets disappear and image like very few can. I have run both with NAD amps. One is a much older NAD amp that probably is only rated around 20watts, but like we all said, it's about how easily a speaker can be driven and how much current is behind the amp. The NAD sound is a perfect match with the Proac's. Let me know if you have interest and we can talk.
Since your NAD 3020 has (IIRC) pre-out/power in connections, I'd be tempted to consider MMGs with either of two options:
an appropriate external power amp in the $400ish price range.
or, more intriguing:
an SVS SB1000 subwoofer (at a total cost of $1100)
Both items are sold direct with the ability to return if dissatisfied. If you cross to the SVS sub at 80ish hz, you'll shift a fair bit of the heavy lifting in the deep bass from the NAD's power amp section to the SVS internal amp. I'm still not certain how well the 3020 would drive the MMGs once it's freed of the deep bass duties, but you could give it a shot. If it doesn't work, send it back.
BTW, integrating the MMGs to a sub can be challenging and time consuming, but it can be an excellent combination once dialed in.
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Maggie's need a lot to drive them don't they? Honestly, for me Z's post earlier says a lot. I know a ton of folks who listen to the Vandy 1c's with NAD amps as they go very very well together.
For me, the best speaker I've heard under $1000 is the Vandersteen Model 1c. I must have put them next to at least 25 pairs of speakers under 2k and they beat every one. Your amp will have no problem driving them. If you don't have a local dealer, post and I can recommend a couple of good places.
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I love the whole Vandy line but for the money, that 1c is a special speaker. there are so many contenders out there, but there is a reason that this speaker has been around in some form since the 80's or early 90's. I know that MANY of the folks who work at Vandersteen use the NAD amps with their speakers. It's just got synergy, so go listen and bring your amp in. Get a set of low cost AQ cables with the 1C's too. you won't regret it at all.