I've seen similar questions posted but non that truly applies to what I'm looking for. So, I'm sorry if there is some repetition to this thread.
I'm trying to build a 2-channel/stereo system for music and TV/movies. My goal is to build the best possible system within the following constraints:
1) A $500-600 budget total. My best alternative today is the Bose Cinemate Series II, but I've heard audio savvy people that there are better things out there for the money (the Bose costs $600).
2) Relatively small speakers, and as mentioned a stereo or 2.1 (don't like 5.1 or 7.1 due to cables)
3) Need a digital-optical input to connect the TV to the receiver/integrated amp. The TV doesn't have other permanent audio outputs.
4) A receiver/integrated amp that works with both 110 and 220 volts because I'll be moving out of the US and I would like to avoid any external transformers (usually bulky and bad quality).
Please let me know what you think. If I can't find anything I'll probably surrender myself to the marketing of Bose. Thanks a ton