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I suggest a pair of the Anthony Gallo CL-3 speakers. I have had them for 3 months now, and they are simply amazing for their price. They come very close to sounding as good as my Vandersteen 3A speakers at my other house, which are around $5000 now including stands.
When The Absolute Sound did a rave review on them in the July/August issue, they were priced at $2395. Gallo has since decided to sell them factory-direct for only $1695, which is the deal of the century. They also give you 60 days free trial with shipping paid both ways, so you can audition them totally risk-free in your home. That is a deal that is hard to pass up! I think they are confident that very few will want to return them; they are probably correct about that...lol.
The CL-3 speakers replaced a pair of PSB Image T6 speakers, which sounded very good and which I was quite happy with until I heard the CL-3 ( I would have used Vandersteens at my second home, but a 16"-wide speaker simply was out of the question...). The CL-3 is half of the size of the Image T6, and they have better bass and sound better in every way. The Image T6 is a VERY good speaker, so I do not say that lightly.
Looking at them one would simply not believe the bass and power they can put out. I play orchestral music at full orchestral volume (and then some), and have never found their limit yet. I am driving them with a Bryston 3B-SST, which can put out 250 watts, so there is no real limit there. The CDT tweeter has nearly 180 degrees of horizontal dispersion, which makes every seat in the house a good one. It is also an amazingly nice-sounding one.
By the way, the Music Hall A70.2 is only $1500 now from Music Direct, and you won't find a Rotel amplifier that sounds as good IMO. It puts out 180 watts RMS to 4 ohms, so there is no power shortage.