I had Silverline Minuets and preferred them to Rega R1s (not the RS1s). Better integrated sound and the R1s were too sharp on top (although the new tweeter in the RS is supposed to be better). I think they're hard to beat for the money.
11 responses Add your response
I nominate the Quad 12L2 or 12L Classic (newest designation for same speaker). About 8"x13.3", 87 dB (pretty good for a minimonitor), well engineered, beautifully made, and very engaging sonic presentation. They list at around $1100/pair, but the link offers a demo pair for $899, and if you look around enough, you should be able to find some in your budget. There are lots of them on ebay.uk at or below your price range, but of course, that's before shipping.
Epos monitors will get you the great midrange you want for a fraction of the price of the Harbeths. I believe the new line of Epic standmounters are well reviewed. You can check them out here: Epos Epic
I think they would make a good match to those two lil amps. Sam Tellig tried them with the Brio here (toward the end of the review): Epos Review