I'm new to writing in these forums but have found them helpful through other people's threads and always seem to find myself here after a quick Google search.
So here's the deal: I've got about $2,500 to spend on setting up an audio system. The room it will be going in will be quite large, but may differ to a smaller sized room in the future. They will be connected to my computer and record player, and will be mainly used to play music (including records), games, and the occasional movie. My musical tastes cover every genre, from classical symphony and free-form jazz to punk rock and even the occasional rap album.
I'd like to be able to play said music at reasonably high volume levels (probably around 90 - 100dB maximum), without worrying about loss of quality. That being said, I highly doubt that my house will turn into a dingy suburban nightclub anytime soon.
Note that that $2,500 must include the amplifier (Integrated, I'd assume. I don't think you can get a power/pre amp combo under $1,500?), but I'd like the brunt of the budget to be spent on the speakers.
I'd also like your opinions on the Cerwin Vega XLS-215 speakers. I've seen a few negative opinions, but they were easily swamped by positive ones. At about $1,800 for the pair and an amp, they're a serious consideration. I'd like to hear what Stereophile has to say.
Thanks for your time. Any extra information you need can be provided.