I'd like to stay under $1k if possible
Need speakers and power.
Source will more than likely be my computer via optical out w/ my mp3 player as a secondary.
I have no preference to towers or bookshelfs, I have stands if needed.
Sub is fine if needed but needs to be in the budget.
I would prefer something in a natural wood color but black is fine.
100% music. I listen to all styles of music but my favorite instruments are piano, violin, acoustic guitar.
Room dimentions: LxWxH = 16x11.5x10
Average listening distance: 3-5ft
Listening level: moderate to loud
I'll admit up front that I'm not an audiophile. My HT in the living room is composed of a pair of klipsch RF-3s, an RC-3, Outlaw LFM-1, and a pioneer vsx 1014. To my ears it sounds really good. A friend of mine has a set of Energy C-500s and in his room they sound really good too. Maybe I just don't have the ear for it , but I like to relax and just melt away in the sound.