Hi, new here. I just bought a house and need advice on the setup. Room is 17' x 15' with 10' 4" high ceilings. I listen to all types of music, from hip-hop to metal to classical. Won't be using for gaming or theater. I currently have a Sony STR-DE975 receiver (10-15 yrs old), 2 Energy bookshelf speakers (about 10 years old and I think one is blown- clicks a little when loud), a ProJect turntable and a Mac with itunes files.
I don't know much about this stuff but I love listening to music. I don't have room for floor standing speakers- they have to be bookshelf. Can I do this with two bookshelf speakers? Is a sub a must? I'll have a hard time finding room for it as the room layout is a little funky. The kicker is I'm on a tight budget. Can I get this done for $1,500? I found a pair of Klipsch rb61 for $300 on Craigslist. Are those good? Someone mentioned to me that Marantz was a good entry level brand for receivers. I also have been told to get an integrated amp and some high end full range speakers. Music Hall and paradigm mini's are what I'm thinking about. Or should I just get a receiver? Too many options!