Hi, I want everything but I cant have it. By everything I mean aesthetics of small speakers but still have plenty of base that you would get from floor standers. I want to listen to music through stereo speakers yet also watch movies through the stereo speakers (I'm not a huge fan of 5.1 (and more) setups. I want a small amplifier but I know a larger one is what I need. A must-have is to hook it up to Apple TV. So here are three setups I'm considering:
1. Marantz M-CR610 with Monitor Audio BX2. I dont like the amp and I dont like the lack of bass. The sound quality was pretty ok. I got this demo'd but... there was no punch, no oomph. Maybe I can add a subwoofer to it. I like all the connectivity options that Marantz gives me.
2. (Something like a) Yamaha AS500 amp, Q Accoustics 2050i, some DAC. This kind of setup (amp and two speakers) is my favourite, nice and simple but I get excited by the features on setup 3....
3. (Something like a) Denon AVR-X2000 receiver, a pair of Dali Zensor 1, some subwoofer. I love all the connectivity features an A/V receiver gives me but realize sound quality may not be what setup 2 gives. I also dont want a 5.1 setup, 2.1 is the most I prefer because I dont want speakers all around the room.
My old system, a Bose Lifestyle 28 has packed up. I liked it's very small speakers and neatness of head unit. Before that, a long time ago, I had a Sony system with Sony APM-22ES loudspeakers (I loved that when I was kid) but now I'm older, I dont want such big speakers.
What do you guys think?