Hello, this is going to be my first good sound system. I'm currently looking at two possible routes - either getting a pair of active/powered speakers or getting an amp + speakers.
For the first option, I'm looking at the Audioengine 5 speakers which seem to have excellent reviews. For the second option I'm looking at Pioneer Elite A35r + Polk Audio Monitor 50 or Sony SSF-5/6/7000 floorstanding speakers.
I absolutely cannot extend my budget beyond $350. All suggestions are welcome and will be much appreciated. I subscribed to the Stereophile digital magazine and although I really enjoyed reading the latest issue, nothing much was within budget.