'And so on February 22nd 1966, at Luton airport...'
Laptop -> Wyred 4 Sound DAC2 -> Violectric V200 -> Audeze LCD2 (rev2)
HI-FI - Bose 301, Rotel RA-10, iPod Classic
HT - Bose AM3, Rotel RA-10, Philips
Arcam Alpha 7 CD --> Arcam Alpha 6 Amp --> AKG K701/Grado SR80i.
Squeezebox Touch > Beresford Bushmaster DAC > CA Azur 650A > Dynaudio DM 2/7's
Synology DS210j NAS running Logitech Media Server
Active speakers are almost certainly the answer.
Open questions are usually the best approach but perhaps a little more detail?
Sonos ZP90>Missing Link "Digit">Dacmagic>Chord Cadenza>Leema Tucana I>Van Damme UP LC-OFC>ATC SCM40s
Sonos Connect:Amp>Mission 760i and MA Radius 90HD in series
Sonos Play 5 x2, Play 3
Indeed, given OP's budget I would say that a setup consisting of seven Genelec 8260A and one 7271A would be acceptable.
Pioneer tv + LX85, Sony HW15 Proj, Cyrus DAC XP+/Mono X300/CDXTSE2/PSXRx2, Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grands and Maestro centre, B&W CM1 surrounds /PV1D (9.1), CA BD751, Virgin TiVo, Inspire Rega t/t, Benz Glider MC, EAR 834P phono amp; Slee Novo Headphone Amp.TQ Black.
Personally for me, its got to be a Nagaoka cartridge, transformed the way i listen to music.
Rega Planar 2 (Inspire Quest upgrade) with Nagaoka MP-150 cartridge, into Graham Slee Era Gold V
Arcam cd73, Squeezebox Touch fed by 2t Vortexbox, CD and Touch into Rega Dac, Arcam A80, Mission 773se Speakers
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