as far as speakers, there are so many, all have their target ears.
b&w speakers are great, if you can find a good set used go for it. b&w has some of the best mid bass and mid range i have heard. they are ear candy. i do think they could use a bit more in the higher frequencies. you might spend your whole budget on the speakers though.
I've only heard great reviews about the internet brands, just haven't ever heard them (htd, axiom, elemental designs). some of their cabinets look rather cheap to me (all rectangular build mdf with black veneer).
the commercial brands all have their ups and downs, and it really depends on what your ears like:
polk audio's new RTi-a series = great cabinets, good midrange, poor treble from their silk tweeter
klipsch - accurate midrange, horn tweeter is too bright, ear piercing even.
not sure what infinity even makes now, but they used to be a very accurate
speaker through the whole range. i think their recent products have taken a step back in materials recently.
bose - well. they make some sound anyways... i think everyone else covered them accurately.
Last edited by momo stallion; 05-07-2009 at 10:43 AM.