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My Setup: I will be watching TV (Panasonic 50" Plasma TH-50PX600U), DVDs and listening to music (CDs, not FM). I don't want speakers all over the apartment (no speakers behind my back; smile) and there is no room for a subwoofer. I will have to buy new speakers and a Blu-Ray player.

My dilemma: I have a hard time deciding whether to buy: an integrated amplifier, a stereo receiver or A/V receiver, and speakers to match. Good sound quality is important to me.

My hope: I welcome your suggestions.
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Budget...

Space requirements...

Colour or other appearance requirements...

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Budget...

Space requirements...

Colour or other appearance requirements...

Budget is flexible to a point. Example, for a receiver my limit would be about $1100. For the speakers, not more than $1000 each.

Space requirement. I have lots of space for the components. The speakers can be on-wall speakers or book shelf speakers.

Colour or appearance is not important.
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Budget is flexible to a point. Example, for a receiver my limit would be about $1100. For the speakers, not more than $1000 each.

This is a decent budget, you can get good gear.

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Space requirement. I have lots of space for the components. The speakers can be on-wall speakers or book shelf speakers.

So towers are out them? That's too bad, because without a sub you will be missing a lot and many towers go a lot deeper than bookshelves.

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Colour or appearance is not important.

That helps.

Too bad about no sub (your biggest restriction) and no towers (wouldn't be so bad without the first restriction).

Ideas later...

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Marantz makes some excellent integrated amps - Onkyo makes one - I'll even suggest the Harman Kardon 3490 - its the only stereo receiver I know of that has an onboard DAC. It also makes more power than the others.

Polk's LSi 9s go down to 38hz - a rare feat for a bookshelf speaker. They get some very good reviews from forum members.

Energy make some pretty decent speakers too - the C-200 play down to 48hz + or - 3db.

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Too bad about no sub (your biggest restriction) and no towers (wouldn't be so bad without the first restriction).

Ideas later...

I might be able to accommodate (squeeze in) a subwoofer if that set up would give me better sound and flexibility.
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Marantz makes some excellent integrated amps - Onkyo makes one - I'll even suggest the Harman Kardon 3490 - its the only stereo receiver I know of that has an onboard DAC. It also makes more power than the others.

Polk's LSi 9s go down to 38hz - a rare feat for a bookshelf speaker. They get some very good reviews from forum members.

Energy make some pretty decent speakers too - the C-200 play down to 48hz + or - 3db.

Thank you K. for your suggestions. I will check them out.
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I found I had to separate my 2 channel music listening from the HT receiver/surround system. The HT receiver was making a serious mess out of 2 channel audio. For music I made a speaker switch and switch the front 2 speakers (Energy 22) from the HT receiver to a Nikko 230 power amp and NAD preamp. Both are old pieces, solid, and sound so great. Look around for some good old stuff, you'll love the sound and it'll be cheap.
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