loomisjohnson

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Budget minded bookshelves
it seems you'd want something fuller range, so i'd look at these within your budget:acoustic energy evo (very dynamic, big bottom end)canton gle (really nice--you can get 'em for around 300 at accessories4less) 
I would like some feedback on a int. amp
the vincent hybrid, which has 100w and 150w versions, is just great and within your budget. (reportedly, shengya makes an identical, less expensive version, which i have not auditioned). 
Looking for a good 5.1 AVR
at your budget, there's not a heck of a lot of distinction between avrs--the comparably situated marantz, yam, onkyo, pioneer elite will all do the trick in essentially the same manner. personally, i'm partial to yamaha and integra, which to my ea... 
Need satellite radio recommnedation
go on ebay. there's a bunch of xrt12 units you can buy there for 100-150 or so. 
Budget Amp with Optical DAC
i know music hall makes a 2 channel receiver w/ digital ins and an inboard burr brown dac, but might be outside your budget. within your budget, if you don't want to go with an avr, you're probably gonna be stuck with a solid state amp (e.g. nad o... 
Best Paradigm or other Sub to go with my setup?
1. YOU CERTAINLY USE THE ADPS FOR SIDE/REAR SURROUNDS. DEPENDING ON YOUR ROOM, YOU MAY BE JUST AS HAPPY WITH 5.1 AS 7.1.2. I USE A PARADIGM PDR-10 (150W) SUB, WHICH I LIKE JUST FINE; AGAIN DEPENDING ON YOUR ROOM SIZE YOU MAY WANT TO GO TO A HIGHER... 
Recommended components on Stereophile Magazine.
No disrespect to the venerable folk at Stereophile, but I find it difficult to believe that as a commercial enterprise their reviews are not influenced, subconsciously or otherwise, by demands of the advertisers--rational human beings simply would... 
Mini cd system for $500?
onkyo makes a mini system (I THINK CS525) for around 200 bucks which actually sounds very good and might serve your needs, such as they are. 
How to unleash the optimum power of a receiver?
if your receiver has preouts, which i think it does, you can add a two or three channel power amp for your fronts/center--typically, this will sound much more powerful and cleaner than using the internal amps in your receiver, which are wimpy with... 
Please recommend a musical sub for me
definitive makes really quick, musical subs in your price range. hsu are great, very affordable subs as well. at the higher end of your budget, rel is a reliable, oft-praised choice. 
B&W Speakers
i fully agree w stringreen. if i had 5k to spend, i wouldn't be looking at b&w. 
Sonus Faber monitors vs. ???
fwiw, i've also been looking to upgrade my monitors and have recently auditioned the concertinos as well as proac tablettes, jmlab profile, paradigm s1, rega rs1, various dynaudio, quad 11L/12L. to my ears, the concertinos, while by no means a bad... 
Home Theater 101 - Subwoofer question?
i remember your system--the craigslist special, right? you might look on ebay for an energy or mirage sub--very musical and easily available used for under $100. paradigm pdr-8 or pdr-10 is also nice and cheap. if you can spend more, i'd parrot so... 
Searching for passive subwoofer...
i'm a big fan of passive subs, which i believe have certain audible advantages incident to using the same amplification as the mains. i've had good luck finding very inexpensive units on ebay--i currently own a jamo passive, which is terrific; i'v... 
New cdp.
i'd go with the cambridge, which is an excellent transport, and use the dacmagic. beetter yet, i'd get the 340c model and save some bux--it'll sound the same with the dac as the higher-proced model.