Originally Posted by swapfwd
I am looking for setup recommendations, new or used, for bookshelf speakers and receiver with a budget of $2,000. The bands I listen to are Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Miles David, John Coltrane, Jeff Buckley, Queen, Natalie Cole, Sade and etc.
Your music tastes are as all over the place as mine. Funny, your first 3 are on my Pandora stations. (I assume you mean Miles Davis, not David).
I'd spend at least $1500 of that on the speakers.
The Vapor Breeze is in that price range (less I think) and has been getting rave reviews from those who heard it at recent shows. www.vaporsound.com
Salk makes several bookshelves in that price range as well (Wow1, Songsurround I and II, MBOW1, CAOW1 and others) www.salksound.com
Ascend Sierra are also internet direct and supposed to sound good www.ascendacoustics.com
Dennis Murphy makes some bookshelves in that price range as well, they're not on his website, but there's some info in the Philharmonic thread here.
Selah also has several in your budget: www.selahaudio.com
If you look under the kits, they can all be purchased assembled, prices are on the page for each model
Another good one is Soundfieldaudio.net They use a concentric driver for the tweeter/mid and a powered bass driver.