Understand about not being close to anywhere you might be able to audition. Your budget is a bad spot for what you really want. From your years of high-fidelity listening, your ears have had some training and you're going to hear the discrepancies which by nature, most monitors are going to have some part of. The cheaper the more there will be evident. Yes, you should consider the Adams or the Genelecs. In this community of thousands of different recording and listening situations you will get as many different opinions as there are situations. And for the most part they all will be right. For them.
Having a new set of monitors and coming from a non-monitors situation like yours will have a learning curve as your ears and skills become accustomed to how the speakers translate your sources in real time and in your 'real' space.
So buy as much monitor as you can afford and get used to em.
A great example about getting used to a monitor is the massive amount of records mixed over the years on something like Yamaha NS-10's. Now theres a speaker you really dont want to have to listen to for long periods of time. But they definately have that something that gets a mix to translate to many many types of playback media. But they sure dont sound very good. I owned a pair for over a year and while they did their job as a tool, I hated them enough to trade them on something I liked better.
Theres a lot of good suggestions so far. And a lot of learning curve for you to take in.
I personally love Genelecs but thats just me and 12 years of mixing on them. I also like the Quested stuff as well as the Adams. Before that it was JBL 4312's and Urie 813's.
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