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If you want rue monitor quality speakers, you can't do better than ATC. Go back to their web site and go to home and then their home speakers. Check the ATC7, ATC11, and ATC19, all stand mounts. I've lived with ATC19 speakers and they are simply excellent. Think of them as a Quad 57 with perhaps a tad less detail but with superb dynamics.
If the OP reallty wants to retain a fair measure of what the Quad's offer ( but nothing equals them in the midrange)plus dynamics, extended treble and all round capability then he should look at ATC actives such as the SCM19A. Many years ago I changed from my ESL63s to SCM 50As as they had many similar charctersistics in the field of clarity. Even today friends owning Quad 57s remark on how my updated ATC SCM 50ASLs sound like giant electrostatics.
The OP has not listed his Manley system in his profile ( he has a Pass based one there) so amp power is unknown. Away from the actives ATC speakers do require a fair bit of driving which is why ATCs own amps are pretty powerful. Some Manleys will do the job and others are too small, but in this case we don't know.
It all also depends upon the OP's budget which is also unknown.
I have the Manley Snappers 100 watt monoblocks. This is a second system. My budget 1200 to 2600 maybe more for a good deal
I think that the Snappers will drive the ATC 19s though the latter are a little over your budget (unless there is that good deal). You could look at the ATC 11s, the size of which may also fit better with your idea of mini-monitors. My own opinion would be to throw caution a little to the winds and break the budget a bit and buy the 19s.
NB: If new out of the box my experience with ATCS is that a little patience over running in pays dividends.
Just a quick aside when comparing driver sizes for ATC. Most companies list the diameter of the driver including the frame. ATC only includes the cone and surround. So ATC drivers are a bit larger than other equivalents.
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