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I've got about $800 dollars to spend on a 2.1 system with bookshelves and a sub or two floor standing speakers. I don't have an amp/receiver but I figured that I'd just pick something up off of craigslist. I listen to most every kind of music, except for country, but most of the stuff I'll be playing is gonna be hip hop and electronic stuff. I'd love to hear your recommendations guys. Thanks.
    
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Is there a reason you want a speaker system as opposed to headphones?
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From personal experience, try to find an old Rotel RA-1070 integrated amp and build your system around that. I bought mine on consignment many years ago for ~$500-600 as I recall. Might be able to find one cheaper now used or whatever. If you are lucky enough to find one, then you have $200-400 left for speakers depending on what you pay for the amp. For stereo listening on this amp you really don't need subs at all, just get some floor standing jobs with good low end support.

If you have tools and some know how and some patience, you could build your own speaker cabinets and crossover networks, pick up some drivers, and perhaps come out with something better than you could buy for the same. Check out the free program winISD for box design and crossover design.
     
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I want speakers because I'm a college student who enjoys having friends over and jamming out to some tunes.
    
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Look for a NAD 316BEE or 326BEE amplifier, Or maybe a Marantz PM5004, or probably any Rotel integrated amp you can find new or used, and pick up a pair of speakers with the remainder of the cash. Speaker wise...
Maybe something like this:

Basically, since you intend to "jam" I assume you'd like to be able to play it loud while maintaining a clean sound. The trick to this is A: one of those "nice" amps like I am suggesting, combined with B: Big ass speakers, or lots of little ones, or some sort of happy medium, either way, as many square feet of woofer space as possible while still being built reasonably well.
Or:
Lot of people will probably balk at me for suggesting spending so much on a nice integrated amp while suggesting pretty ordinary speakers. To be honest, a pair of cerwin vegas will sound better on a quality amp, than a pair of B&Ws will on a crap amp, so yes, I would suggest putting around half of the budget towards the good amp, and the other half towards speakers. If you are willing to hunt through the used market, feel free to drop in your finds here for analysis. It's very likely to get higher end stuff all around if you take your time shopping in used markets.
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I'd look at Cerwin Vega, They're loud as hell, pretty clean sound, and you don't need a sub for them, all at a good price.
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Emotiva Ultra Sub12 is on closeout for $379
http://emotiva.com/ultra_sub12.shtm

Infinity P362 $360/pr



or

HSU HB-1 Mk2 $304/pr
http://hsuresearch.com/products/hb-1.html

or

Behringer B2031P ~$250/pr


or

Arx A2 $378/pr, dunno about shipping
http://www.theaudioinsider.com/produ...products_id=66

use whatever is leftover to get a used midrange avr from your local craigslist
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