I am a newcomer to hi-fi, and appreciate any advice. I am building from scratch a 2-channel system for jazz and classical music, to be listened to at low-to-medium volumes, in a 14x18 furnished living room that is basically drywall and carpet, but later will most likely become a slightly larger irregular room with hardwood floors. I have ordered a pair of magnepan 1.7s but thats all so far. This leaves me about 5k and a clean slate for amp, CD player, and cables, (or less if possible) to create a recipe that will be respectable for the 1.7s. I do desire a sub but doubt at this point that the budget will hold it vs what I need to get to drive the speakers properly. So here goes my starting positions / questions:
AMPS: I have budgeted about 3k for amps or separates. I don't think I want tubes. I do want at least 4 inputs. I would prefer not to mix brands between, amps, tuners, CD players, etc (as long as it will complement the 1.7s). I prefer a clean and un-colored sound for acoustics and orchestral strings. Within dozens of amp choices out there, on the table so far are Krell S-300i ($2400), Bryston integrated B-60 ($2100 with remote), Bryston integrated B100 ($3400 with remote), Anthem 225 Integrated ($1500), and a set of Arcam separates C31 and P38 ($3200) that seems like a great deal for a non-integrated setup (and I admit I like the aesthetics of the casing on the Arcams). They also have a lot of matching components. But the Krell is was what I listened to (and enjoyed) and was highly recommended. I can’t really afford other components in the bryston or krell lines at this point. I just dont know enough to narrow this down, and I cant listen to them all.
SUB: I listened to a JL 12” sub and was not entirely comfortable with how it interacted with the mags, but I am not an experienced listener. Since I am waiting on this anyway because of the budget, its not a huge issue except that I have to be able to hook up most likely one or two JL fathom 10 inch or other similar recommended subs to whichever amp I get. I know nothing about crossovers except that I will probably have to use them (?).
CD PLAYER: Arcam has the FMJ DV139 for DVD / CDs (at $3000) but also a SACD player FMJ CD37 (for about $2100). But I wonder if all my music isnt going to end up as high quality digital files anyway on a mac mini / apple tv anyway (I dont have a CD collection built up yet). So that of course tempts me to put yet more money back in amps or subs, increasing my amps up to almost 4k maybe. I have a $200 brand new sony blu-ray player that I can use for awhile.
CABLES, POWER, AND CROSSOVERS: I am budgeting on my best intuition and recommendations, approx $500 for flat -type nordost speaker cables. I may need some crossover components (dont understand this at all) for one or maybe a pair of JL subs. Regarding power supplies, cleaners, and power cords I have no idea where I fit in. At my budget these dollars may go better elsewhere but then again I dont really know.
The big picture is that I believe that I am on the road to creating a great system that was probably not possible even a couple years ago anywhere near this price - so I am really thankful and excited to move forward. I figure its like a recipe to put these things together and have cake at the end, at any price level, so any advice at all is greatly welcomed! THANKS!!