I'm starting on my first system and I'm just out of college so I'm hoping to spend in the $1000 range. Looking for a basic amp speaker combo to use with my Rega P1 turntable. I listen mostly to rock and electronic (some bass heavy) but i also have a lot of 20th century classical and jazz in my collection which i enjoy. Also I was hoping these speakers could do double duty as a basic home theater setup to go along with my HD projector. I've read great things about the Focal 706V (namely the TAS yearly round-up) but I'm wondering whether they will have adequate bass response without a subwoofer. The other best option I found in the budget category was the PSB Alpha B1 Monitors which coming in at $250 would also me to add a matched PSB subwoofer ($399) and still stay within my budget. So I guess I'm curious whether the performance increase of the Focal's ($650) over the PSB's is dramatic enough to warrant not buying a subwoofer, at least in the near term.
Also if anyone has any opinions on basic stereo amp pairings I'd welcome them as well. I had considered going with a vintage tube amp (Eico HF-81) but wasn't sure if it could drive these speakers, or if was really that much better sounding than a modern NAD or cambridge audio amp under $500.