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I'm looking for a decent 2.1 setup for my rig. The output being used will be optical so from what I've gathered the receiver isn't that important. I'll be using it for gaming and listening to music. I'd prefer quality sound over max db output since my neighbors already hate me for my home theater setup. Looking to spend around $500-600 on two bookshelfs, sub, and receiver. Any recommendations?
 
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Thought it was a good time to point out this cool deal for a subwoofer:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882780089

$200 for the RW-10d subwoofer.

For speakers i would recommend the Arx A1:

http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?products_id=65

Which did very well in this review that included Ascend Sierras, Swan D2.1SEs, B&W 805S, Dana 630i, AV123 X-LS, SVS SCS-01, PSB Image B25, NHT Classic Two, among others::

http://www.affordableaudio.org/aa2007-10.pdf

And for receiver an HK 3390 would be an excellent stereo amp:

http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-HK-3390-Receiver/dp/B00198BOAM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1324080134&sr=8-2

If the sub is too expensive there are options in the $70-$100 price range like the Sub-120 or Sub-80 at partsexpress.com but that's a pretty big drop off in quality.
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Hmmm upon review I think the 3390 doesn't have optical input, you have to get the 3490 which is $280.

The Onkyo 309 does fit in your price range: Link

As does the Pioneer 521 [Link] and the Pioneer 821 [Link] or the Yamaha RX-367 [Link]

The 5.1 amplifiers have some more features, and HDMI inputs, although have less amp power than the HK stereo receiver.
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Thanks for the recommendations. I'll check them all out +rep
 
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Onkyo 309
http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR309-Channel-Theater-Receiver/dp/B004O0TRCE/ref=dp_ob_title_ce

Behringer 2030p
http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-B2030P-Truth-Studio-Monitor/dp/B000QF2T1M

I have the older Onkyo 308 and the Behringer 2030p monitors. Has been great for music.
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1 of these: http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=180-997

Run analog from that to the sub, use the subs built in crossover, then run the analog from the subs line-out to a nice used integrated amp. The Klipch that astallite suggested is a great deal, but does not have line-outs, so that could be a problem depending on how you wanted to integrate the the sub. I would just go with one of these personally: http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-633 (or the 12" version, either way).

For the mains amplifier, If you are willing, I suggest scouring eBay/craigslist for older, well made 2 channel integrated amplifiers.
examples:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rotel-RC-990BX-RC990BX-Stereo-Control-Amplifier-/190616229971?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c619cd853
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Marantz-4070-Quad-Integrated-Amplifier-35-x-2-15-x-4-Power-w-original-box-/280789127037?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item4160560f7d
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rotel-RA-870-Stereo-Integrated-Amplifier-/140661770706?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c01849d2

If you want to buy new.. Something like this: http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=310-326 might suit you very well since you did say you aren't interested in raw output, but rather quality... Looks like a well made unit to me, and the compact size may be more convenient as a computer speaker amp.

As far as speakers go, just use whatever remains of the budget for speakers after you have the amp figured out. I like the suggestion of those passive Behringer truth monitors that Flying nugget made.

Alternatively, you could skip buying a amp all together, and just get a pair of ACTIVE studio monitors instead. Just run the line level from the line-out on the sub straight to a pair of active monitors: http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=246-460
     
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