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If you are considering the Dali Helicon, you MAY want to look at the 300 series. They are easy to move and although not as strong on the low end as the 400 would be, for a small place I think they would be adequate. I have them in a fairly small room and they work very well. I would suggest the MKII series as placement although important, in my experience the II series is not quite as fussy as the classic Helicon series.
Space wise a floor stander and the 300 on stands takes up about the same amount of floor space. They are also a breeze to move around if needed. If you have kids tack them to the stands. There are trade offs with floor standers and monitors, but don't underestimate what a monitor can do in a small or mid size space. I've been through that scenario many times.
From a cost perspective stands and the monitors would probably be less costly then the 400's would be. If you consider this path, don't buy cheap speaker stands. I have Sound Anchors and although costly, they are worth the price of admission. Speaker stands do make a difference with monitors IMHO. Dali even makes their own stand for the 300 series, but they are more costly then the Sound Anchors, but are sexy looking and match your finish.
I know a few guys on here with small spaces use the JL113 also and for a small apartment in NY, it would be ideal. Small footprint, lots of quality bass and can always be eliminated from the chain when needed.
Just my .05.