So I am thinking of buying an amp with a set of bookshelf speakers. I live in a small apartment and will be playing primarily my music that is on my hard drive (mp3 - higher quality). I have been narrowing down my choices to a marantz or a denon (other recommendations are welcome!) with probably the B&W 686 or the Monitor Audio BR2s.
However, a friend of mine got me thinking about whether or not to buy a receiver instead of just an amp, in case I want to upgrade to home theater in the future. If I choose to go with the receiver instead of just the amp, which models would you recommend, keeping in mind that my budget is only between US$1000 - $1200? I'd be buying the receiver along with one of the pairs of speakers mentioned above.