So I am a beginner audiophile in that I love great music and want to listen to it at the highest quality possible. That being said, I really don't understand the endless options in system setup. What I'd like to do is list my system as it stands currently and get recommendations on what would the most important upgrades to make it sound better.
Onkyo Turntable (I don't remember the model #, but it's high quality. I have a high quality cartridge as well. This is not the part of the system I'm worried about)
Denon AVR800 receiver - this was my parent's old surround sound receiver and I swiped it for free. It's 60w x 2 for the front channels.
Infinity Monitor IIA Stereo Loudspeakers - these sound great. Can handle 250w per speaker.
So my main question is with the receiver/amp portion. Is it important to go after the extra power to get to 250w per speaker to get the most out of the speakers? If so, is it best to buy a different receiver? Integrated amp? A pre-amp and amp separately? Do I buy two stereo receivers and bridge the power and amplify the speakers individually? Is the Denon AVR800 a pretty solid receiver or is it mediocre?
I'm looking to spend less than $1000 to potentially fix the amp/receiver portion of the system. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.