Usher makes a nice bookshelf in the $300 range as well.
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I just rehabbed a pair of Vintage KLH 6 speakers and they sound great.Easy to drive,sound great ( for second system ), very well made and dirt cheap..These speakers hold there own very well with other very expensive monitors I have tried under the exact same conditions...I bouhgt mine for $1 at a flee market..You won't believe what they look and sound like now...........
You have a very good list there, you should be happy with any of them -- I think preference here is personal, or even based on looks, they are all competitive with each other at the price range. You should also consider the bookshelf Nola (formely Alon)- one of the great small speakers that are relatively affordable.
I would get some Klipsh Heresy II in a flash! Their super high efficiency gets the most out of tube amps and they'll sing like crazy.
If they fail the WAF test, then the more-conventional Mission M32i would be up next. It's an incredible little speaker.
I have yet to hear it but the Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 mentioned above also got a Hifi+ Product of the Year award last month! Seems like it's winning lots of big hearts...
How about $100 for a pair of excellent speakers? Is that cheap enough for ya? They are DIY, but appear to be very simple - The Zimahornets - check out this great review:
Dave Merrill says no more DCA4 drivers available, but does have DCA5.5M drivers with phase plugs.
In no particular order. Should be able to find for $300 up to $600 preowned
Sound Dynamics RTS 3
Linn Tucan (recently on audigon)
Spendor SP 3/5
Dynaudio 40, 42
Totem Arros (floor standers) suprising bass in a small room
Spica TC 50s
Mission 70, 700
Epos ELS 3
I have owned the S 3/5, ELS 3, Mission 70, RTS 3s and Totem Arros at one time or another. All great speakers. If you go with a floor stander, the Totems throw out a very large sound stage, have suprising bass, a very small footprint, easy to drive (ported), easy to place and do not need stands. FWIW
Check out the Kinima G1s for sale on Agon. When I was using them to my 40watt AA amp, they sounded great. For a sitting room or for low moderate diner music these would be hard to beat at the $400 price. When I upgraded I ended up with WB Arcs to get something better. They are rear ported so if you are putting them on a shelf you might want to plug the port. If mounted on stands, get good stands, preferbly Osiris.