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I'd like to start by saying that I've been reading the Absolute Sound off and on for a couple years now and I really couldn’t ask for more from this publication. It has truly gotten me interested in this great (and expensive) hobby. Recently, my uncle was gracious enough to give me some of his older equipment that was just sitting around. Now I am in possession of a Bryston .5B pre-amp and a 3B Amplifier. These are the older units and are not the ST or SST versions.
I am trying to figure out if it is worth building a system around these components or if I should save up some more money and build one from scratch. I am thinking that I would like to spend roughly 3 to 5 grand the remaining components. I need a CD player, speakers, and all the necessary cables. As far as my music tastes, I listen to a wide variety including classic rock, hip hop, electronic, alternative, and some rock. Reasonable bass response is a pretty high priority so I was leaning towards a floorstanding model. I went to a local store briefly where the salesman showed me a Monitor Audio Silver RS 8. I thought it was a reasonable speaker, but couldn’t hear the soundstage that I am looking for. He also said that the PSB line would not be a good match for my components/room. Does anyone know why he would have said that?
Speaking of the room, it is roughly 12' x 20' but it is not really enclosed as it runs through the rest of the house. I would like to know if you all think I should try to build a system around these Bryston components or if I should think about waiting to purchase something better. Recommendations on speakers, a cd player, and the appropriate cables would also be appreciated. Thanks.