NHT 3s are good in under $1,000 cathegory, try e-mailing their sale and bargain. I think you could talk them down to $600 - $700 for a pair, they pay shipping both ways if you don't like the speakers.
Aperion pays shipping both ways, EMPTek only pays shipping 1 way I think, might be wrong though.
Or pick a few speakers that normally cost $1000+ and hunt them down used on audiogon. You could get something like Salk bookshelves for $600.
But Q300 suppose to be decent.