IMO, active speakers are not a slam dunk. There are lots of good passive speakers available and electronics to drive them have gotten very cheap. In particular, actives are prone to audible hiss when used near field.
There are some speakers on this list:https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...-recommendations-for-usa-by-sweetchaos.28296/
Thanks for that helpful link. That Ascend Acoustics Sierra LX is in my price range and getting great scores, a tiny bit better than the Neumann KH 120 II.
I wish someone had a simple preference score for subwoofers.