based upon reviews I have read on Amazon, Newegg, etc. looks like I will be going with the ML 300. could not really find anything negative said about this little unit. fits my available space, good specs for near field music listening use only and is only $129 on Amazon with free shipping! the good reviews, super low cost and specs listed for my application appears to be a good choice over the Yamaha YST-SW215, Dayton 8, Jamo 210 and BIC V-80...unless anyone objects.
once I pull the trigger and break this thing in for about 50+ hours, I will give my impression. hopefully no regrets over the others considered for this application.
could not justify spending $300+ for the STF-1, M8/SB-900, NHT 8 of even discounted Klipsch SW-350.
plus I will need to save some $$$ as I am selling the M&K MX-100 in my HT to a friend who has an individual home and can open that thing up. I will need to come back later for suggestions on a new HT sub, but I have plenty of ideas where to start now.