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How about a pair of Swan D2.1se+ comes to mind. Quality drivers, a very nice cabinet and they get plenty loud. They do need some room to breath though. I had mine about 4' away from the walls just to control the bottom a bit. I personally liked those Swans better than the SIerras, but, at that point, it's a matter of taste. Jon is a super nice guy to deal with as well. Right now, you can get the 2.1se's AND the matching center for about the same money as the pair of Sierras. I owned a Sierras across the front with 170s in the back and it was a very sweet set up. The Sierras are VERY easy to set up. If you take the time to set them up properly, you will be rewarded with speakers that just disappear into the music. I would never steer anyone away from Dave and Ascend...just GOOD stuff. Aside from the Sierra set up I also have had 2 complete set ups with 340s and 170s...I have had a pair of 170s in different systems now for going on about 10 years. I have Dynaudios now but would be very happy with any of the above. If you look and are not opposed to buying used, you can find killer buys on others as well. Another ID only that I have not had the pleasure of playing with(from AudioInsider as well) are Danas....YMMV
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