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There are many book shelf monitors out there for $500 that can be used in near-field. You'll need a separate amp or receiver however. A pair of the Ascend Acoustics CBM-170SEs would fit the bill ($298 on sale) and you could pair them with an Onkyo 8255 stereo receiver ($170) or even the Emotiva mini-X a-100 ($179).
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