Long story short, I'm turning 30 and my wife asked me what I wanted. Without hesitation I said I wanted to build a listening room setup. Since then I have done a huge amount of research and, to be honest, I am simply overwhelmed. The only things I have been able to narrow down are the speakers and the Budget:
Budget: I can spend $2500-$3000.
-KEF Q900: $1598.98/pair
-PSB Image T6: $1300/pair
-Dynaudio Excite X12: $1200/pair
I am unsure if should get a sub with the KEF or PSB as they are full range.
I also unfamiliar with amplification and am unsure if I can use an integrated amp by itself or if I need a pre-amp or power-amp.
Other Pertinent Details:
-I listen to every thing from classical to acoustic folk to heavy metal to very heavy metal.
-The system will be primarily used with LP's and computer based sources
-The room size is negotiable, I have several candidates ranging from small to medium. No carpet in any of them.
-A turntable must be included in the budget as I do not own one.
-It is almost impossible for me to audition anything because of my location. I am at the mercy of other's opinions.
Please help me build a system that I will be happy with for many years.
Thank you all in advance for any advice you can offer.