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Join Date: May 2011
Location: Ft. Collins, CO
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If it were me I would spend the bulk of your budget on some nice book shelf speakers. The mini-X a-100 from Emotiva is a nice small form factor amp (50W per channel) on sale at $179. It has a volume control so you could plug your Airport Express directly.
Some book shelf speaker options (not comprehensive by any means):
Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1
Monitor Audio RX-1
PSB Image B6
NHT Classic 3
"Guns for show, knives for a pro..."
Living Room: B&W 804D, B&W CMC S2, B&W ASW610, Yamaha RX-A2030, Rotel RC-1570, Rotel RB-1582 mkii, Oppo BDP-93, ATV.
Office: KEF LS50s, B&W ASW608, Parasound P5, Parasound A23, Marantz CD5004, Rega RP1, Bluesound Node 2.