If you want good bass without needing a sub, the Dynaudio DM 3/7s are $1995 list price, and they can slam. Dynaudios sound is a little warm but revealing. Get a good receiver that can power 4 ohm speakers tho. Also, if you arent going to ever use more then these 2 speakers, at least for a while, check out a nice Integrated Amp perhaps like the NAD C356BEE which can be found used on audiogon.com for about $600, also the Arcam FMJ A22 IA is about the same price there.
Ill add that there are a lot of great speakers in your price range, and you should do you best to hear as many as you can prior to buying anything. Everyone has what they like, but you should take the time to find what you like.
Dynaudio Focus 260s, Focus 210C, DM 2/6, Hsu VTF3 MK5 HP, Oppo BDP-103, NaimUniti 2, Naim Stageline N, Pro-ject 2xperience Classic, Marantz SR7007, 60" 4K Samsung LED LCD