So...this thread seems to have gone off on several tangents; none of which i understand, but i wanted to update it by saying that i went ahead and bought this:
Pro-ject Debut Carbon
MusicHall a15.2 integrated amplifier (over the marantz pm5004)
PSB image b5 speakers
I know that this equipment needs time to break in, but I think i want to return the b5 speakers and by Monitor Audio's rx-1's or, if i can find them used, the rx-2
what do you guys think? i thought the bass was still a little lacking in the b5's.
and although i do appreciate the clarity of digital, i think it's important that i learn to appreciate the warmth of analog.
thanks for all the replies.