The best thing about this hobby is the wide range of opinions out there, I tend to follow the "speakers are the most important component" doctrine, so it was interesting to see that both Nrchy and Warrenh believe the source is the most important component.
I currently have a speaker budget of around $1000 and I'm looking at B&W DM603 S3, and Paradigm Reference Studio 60; both of these are available at local dealers. Any other suggestions? I also have access to Tannoy, Audes, Spendor.
On a slightly different note, does anybody know anything about nOrh speakers?
I have the paradigm ref 100.2 and just simply adore them. YOu could find them used in your price range but it is such a hassle to deal with shipping them. The 60s are very very good too and I would highly recommend them as well. I compared them (the 60s) side by side with the Triangle Zerius using a YBA integre DT and found the paradigms to be more full bodied which I like very much. The Triangles sound thin despite all their good press. It is tough to beat Paradigm's economy of scale. I don't know the Titans but the Reference blows away the Monitor series. The monitors (9 in this case) are just too grainy sounding in comparison, possibly from high distortion(?). The reference line is very special. I will be getting 20s for surrounds when I get to HT. Good luck. Arthur