If you like B&W's for around $500 get the 602-S2 or if not the 601-S2. They are good all around speakers.
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If you like monitor speakers & listen to a lot of acoustic music,jazz & classical,you owe It to yourself to go & listen to Morel speakers,their site is (www.morelusa.com)I myself have a pair of mlp201.3,I've compared them to speakers three times the price & the midrange & silky high is not comparrable,If you like them I have a pair for sale ,I've upgraded to floor speakers , i no longer need my Morels,Thanks Pierre
Look at the Boston Acoustics CR-8. Can be had usually for less than $300.00. I bought a pair several weeks ago when Sound Advice in Florida had them for buy one get one free. A frequent poster at Audio Asylum had been raving about them for some time and I had not really listened to a BA speaker since I owned them in the early 80's. Bottom line they are a great speaker for them money and can do an honest mid 40hz if placed properly. Since some of the newer BA speakers can be a little foward they would be a great match with the AR which is somewhat laid back. While these speakers cannot compete with the Vandersteens, Meadowlarks and Reynauds I have on hand at anywhere from 3 to 10 times the price they are a great bargain and are very satisfing. I am using them presently with a tube amp whose sonic signature is very simular to the AR. Another good speaker to try is the Sound Dynamics RTS-3, which can be bought for less than $200. It has recieved rave reviews from several magazines including Absolute Sound. Not much to look at but a great sound. Takes at least 100 hours to break in. Does not sound good right out of the box.