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An audiophile is, by defintion, someone who likes clear undistorted music.
Don't deny it; be proud...lol.
Obviously you must have a good subwoofer, but that will use up a 300LB budget before you get started.
Your budget is incredibly unrealistic to get decent sound quality with good bass to boot.
If you can get the Audioengine 2 speakers and a decent 12-inch subwoofer of some kind, that is where I would start.
By using self-powered speakers and subwoofer, you at least eliminate the price of an separate amplifier.