I won't waste your time by telling you how I am a newbie and how much I love this site and have found so much useful information. I have and it has been overwhelming! I am looking for unabashed advice and opinions on spending a little bit of cash for a new (or used) set-up in my living room. My budget is about $1.5k for an amp, tuner (or integrated) and speakers.
I listen to the radio daily, pandora or music off my phone, sacd's and vinyl. I like it loud. I love to play graveyard or high on fire at elevated volume while cooking dinner or working from the living room. I also like to put on some Sade or Steely Dan and chill on the weekends. Not to mention occasionally feeding audio from the tv or ps3.
I want a good sounding utilitarian set-up that can give me some flexibility without sacrificing quality. While I love chest pounding bass, I do appreciate subtlety and finesse. I kinda want it all and want it on a budget.
I would prefer a two speaker set-up, no sub or surround, but not if it means sacrificing bass. The speakers will be next to my TV and component rack, so space while not a huge issue is a concern.
Should I be looking for a good solid state integrated? If so what is your suggestion and why based on my needs. Speakers? What won't break the bank but give me both the power and the refinement I so desire?
I do have an old Sansui 2000x in great shape I use as a headphone amp in my studio that i have never hooked up to speakers. Can it be put to use?