Originally Posted by Cheesepolice
I might just go with a couple of good bookshelf speakers for starters and build on top of that as time goes by.
Been looking at B&W 685 S2, Klipsch RB 61 II and RB 81 II. Gonna visit the local hifi store next week to listen, to decide which ones suits me.
I have a pair of B&W 602 S3 bookshelves (2 generations older than the ones you are looking at) and they have been fantastic for the past 8 years. I have no reason to want to upgrade, and they produce more than enough punch to bother my neighbors in my apartment complex. I am a huge fan of the way B&W speakers sound, so I recommend you listen to them. You definitely want to bring a selection of music that you are very familiar with when you go to the dealer so that you can listen to all of the speakers using that material.
Personally, I fall into the camp that believes all amps sound the same. As long as it has enough power to drive your speakers without clipping you are good. With your budget you should be spending the majority of it on speakers and not some high priced boutique amp. Any decent receiver from Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Pioneer or Yamaha is more than enough for entry level B&W and Klipsch speakers.Edited by nekkibasara1213 - 4/17/14 at 10:55am