I'll just chip in another recommendation for Adam A3X.
I have their bigger brothers, the A7x, and they were worth every penny and more.
They replaced my former Dynaudio speakers and Parasound power amp setup (which cost me a a few times more than the A7x's), largely because I had the hardest time finding a good placement for them when I moved into my new apartment.
The Adams were literally fuss-free to set up and I ended up preferring their sound by quite some margin.
The A3x I never listened to, but I have quite an extended experience with the Artist 3 model, which is somewhat similar. Their owner is a close friend of mine and he's the one who pointed me in the Adam direction to begin with.
As to the Artist 3 they're really incredible speakers, especially if you compare physical size to sound. Despite being absolutely diminutive they manage to pull out quite a big sound and presence. For the price and the size, they're hard to fault.
Edited by James neutron - 3/17/14 at 5:28am