Originally Posted by 6SpeedTA95
The room is moderately sized but the home is an open floor plan. The living room is around 18x20 and the kitchen with breakfast nook is probably 12x25 or so and they're all open to each other.
As for music, I have a little of everything in my collection. I have some older early 90s to late 90s rap (never really gets listened to anymore, maybe once a year?) I have a few complete collections of Mozart and others in the classical genre. I've got a LOT of classic rock and modern country as well as everything from Mayer, Buble, Coldplay, Maroon5 and a few others. Basically, to me, good music is good music regardless of the genre so I have a varying library of the things I like.
Be aware, big open rooms swallow up a lot of energy, especially if being listened to from a substantial distance of twenty or more feet. Speaker sensitivity is based on a reading one meter from the speaker and as distances double, output is halved, not to mention what a room will do to the sound waves, cancellation. To compensate for the drop in dB, the volume control must be cranked up at the expense of sound quality; speakers are now shouting at you, sound waves are going all over the room fighting with each other and sound quality goes in the toilet. A terrible thing to experience. The intimacy of the listening experience is gone as the dissatisfaction with the sound quality goes up with you thinking how the music you're hearing sounds like crap. And it sounds bad for good reason.
In my opinion, based on what your posted, it would be hard to answer your question and expect to give you the best musical sound quality possible. All one can do is throw out suggestions as to which speakers should be married with what receiver and wish you the best. In the case of your home and speaker choice, the speakers are not the going be your problem. The open nature of the room is the problem and is guaranteed to fowl you up big time. Those are my thoughts.
As to a recommendation, I'd go with a set of Klipsch, B-stock RF-7's from Acoustic Sound Design (IIRC $1,800.00)
as the horns will help with the size of your open lvrm/kit floor plan. Horns throw or project the sound. Talk to Mike and tell him you heard of him on AVS. I bought a delivered B-stock, RC-64 II from Mike for $891.00. And for stereo, pretty much, any reasonably priced, two channel receiver
will do what you ask, fill the room with the sound of music.
Hope the above helps in your decision making process.