Speakers under $750.00...Preposterous Notion?

Sometimes an audiophile lives on a $100.00 a week salary (theater wages). When you try to get a serious answer from those who know, they say, "save and get such and such..." Well, my wife disagrees, and for good reason. One must "settle" for products which can be realistically obtained. I think, though that there will be some of you out there who are interested in helping others get truly affordable high-quality gear.
My theory is this: take two hypothetical speaker companies. One starts its entry level model at $1k and proceeds to a flagship going for $50k or more. The other speaker company produces only speakers costing less than $3k. Wouldn't the latter company invest more of its energy into producing true quality at the lower prices (provided it is a relatively good company)?
I'm looking for high-sensitivity (90db or more), wide dynamic range (@35hz-20khz or better), and strong, clear bass. Is all of this too much to ask? Well, here's another request: it would be nice if they're floorstanders since my listening room is about 16'x26'x11'.
I found some speakers @$600.00 in a discount magazine, Athena Technologies Audition AS-F2.2, wonder if they're any good....(must rely on forums...no car to audition speakers in the city with...need water...help....please....)
Mr. Stain, I agree. Go with the Magnepans, they're a great speaker. Search Audiogon for some used 1.6 model. I have them myself and never tire of listening to all types of music. They have a great sound stage, are tight and crisp, and have base down to 40 cycles. Later, you could add a subwoofer. I've seen them on Audiogon for around $900, so take a look.

And have good time.

Nice to see subjects on beer budgets levels (compared to the norm) for a change with good, solid responses also. Perhaps there should be a section on Audiogon for the more budget conscious?
Madisound has a kit called "LOKI". It retails for $450. Outstanding sound that I think will compete with many speakers priced below and maybe above 2K.

You should also check out single driver speakers of various sorts like those made by the Horn Shoppe.
I just picked up a new pair of Infinity Primus 362 speakers on eBay and really like them; they are very neutral and fast with an incredible midrange. Also they are 93db efficient and extremely easy to drive; tube amps work nicely with them. I've been listening to and enjoying the Primus 362s more than my other two larger, more expensive speakers.