Considering that ya'll took the time to respond to this thread, I feel like a douche for just leaving without saying thanks. I really do appreciate all the input guys. I kind of just went off and did some research on my own. Since then, I finally decided what speakers to go with and already purchased some amps. Thought I'd give ya'll an update..
For speakers, i'm still pretty set on getting a pair of Ascend Sierra-1s. Without even hearing these for myself, I'm sold on the hype. I've looked at other speakers that were priced around the same and even some that were higher but based on reviews alone, I kept going back to the Sierra-1's... The Swan D2.1SE+ were also strongly considered and I find the cabinet to be gorgeous, which made it even harder to decide between the two(i admit i'm bit superficial
:) but, I still have my mind made up on the Sierra because they supposedly give a little more detail.
For amps, I purchased the Yamaha A-S2000 and a vintage Carver 500t amp. Why buy an integrated and separate power amp? Because my lack of self control on spending sucks, that's why.... But really, I love the way both the amps look and they both perform great from what i'm reading.(notice how I mentioned the looks before the performance :facepalmtoself:) If anything, I'll probably end up using the yammy with my computer setup and later on run the 500t on a dedicated stereo setup. Both were purchased used, and for a reasonable price... I have to thank Gorb for my decision the A-S2000, the a-s700 receiver you recommended led me to the a-s2000. I couldn't resist how sexy these amps look. It has all the inputs and power that I need.
friend'scatdied, thanks for the concern and wise advice. Although I say I'm noob to hi-fi audio, which I still am. I'm not a complete stranger to it. I do own a pair of KRK Rokit P6 and while some don't consider them hi-fi, I think they offer an edge in SQ when compared to a lot of the "average" home speakers. There is a noticeable difference when comparing these speakers to my cousin's Kef XQ10s, B&W 803s, and Kef IQ30. Then again, my speakers are considered to be near field studio monitors but I have compared them to other nearfield monitors like the dynaudio bm5as and again, was able to notice a difference... I can say that I'm faily confident in being able to discern the differences between speakers, or at least I'd like to think that I can...Edited by semajha - 3/22/12 at 11:24pm