Passive or active monitors?
I want to put together a simple 2 channel system in a spare room of my house. Room is approx. 12' x 12', with 8' ceiling. I want either a 2 channel integrated amp with bookshelf speakers or 2 powered monitors with a simple DAC/pre (something like Emotiva xda-2). Sources will be an existing turntable and Apple TV. Let's use a budget of $1500 for speakers and pre (or speakers and integrated amp). One system I've looked at is the aforementioned xda-2 along with Emotiva's airmotiv 6. No need or worries as far as hdmi, and future expansion is concerned, as I've already got a nice home theater setup in living room.