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A few others have mentioned the Canton offerings from AC4L, and I also mentioned them in your Receiver thread, so I'll pile on here as well. To me, the Chrono 502.2 is the absolute budget choice and the Chrono SL 536 is just amazing for the price. I've heard the SL 536 side-by-side with the more expensive Vento 836 and felt the Chrono was basically as good for ~1/3 less money... there are some tweeter tech improvements in the Vento that may have improved clarity a bit but I think most of the price difference is honestly upcharge for the curved cabinets.
I'm a big fan of large bookshelfs and think it's a shame there aren't many left in the market these days... the SL 536 is everything I'd be looking for in a 2ch speaker, even for occasional light HT use (neutral sound, low-end extension, reasonable efficiency, well-engineered, great build/fit/finish). Either of the Chronos with your integrated amp of choice would be a very solid choice right at the bottom end of your budget or well below it... but there are so many great options that it's tough to go wrong with your budget and the guidance you're receiving here.
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