I'm happy with my Ascend CBM-170s at $350. Maybe only subtlety different that my Paradigm Mini-Monitors, which I like too. I'm also interested in bookshelf speakers by NHT, SVS. and HSU, who all make well-regarded speakers in this price range.
check out a pair of the Behringer Truth for sale in the sale section here. I have read good things about them. A smaller sized speaker that blew me away at an Audio show I attended was the Silverline Minuet. Check out some the reviews on them and see about finding a pair used.
My vote goes to the Chane A1rx-c as hands down the best sub $400 (new) speaker out there. I know the Wavecrests get lots of love but I haven't heard them so I can't say one way or the other. I have heard the Chane speakers and they are awesome and definitely punch way above their weight.
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