DownsizingWell, I started out in 1985, having been fortunate to be able to A/B nearly everything out there, with SoundLab A-1's, conrad-johnson Premier 5 200 wpc tube monoblocks, Pr. 5 Pre and Pr 6 phono amp, Sota Star Sapphire, ET2 arm and Koetsu Rosewood. To this day, nothing sounds better to my aging ear.
Unfortunately, the A-1s died in storage, and are now in a Carlsbad Ca dump.
To set up a HT system, I got in 2000 a pair of Dunlavy SC-IVa's for fronts, SC-III's for rears, and a SC-I a/v for center, driven by 300, 200 and 100 wpc Crown ss amps. Used for a total of about 200-300 hrs before moving again (Dunlavys FS on the auction site that shan't be named). Also added a Muse Model 18 balanced subwoofer.
In Amherst, I have a small music room with 2 recliners, a small grand piano, music stand, built-in shelves holding LPs and CDs, 2 small but adequate B&W Signature 805s, First Sound PreAmp, newly-acquired Musical Fidelity amp to replace Atma-Sphere MA1 Mk2 OTL monoblocks (wish I never sold them!). No room for 6 foot tall monoliths in there!
If the Dunlavys don't sell, I'll keep them for a 2-ch system in the study, driven by my venerable c-j amps, but they're BIG. If they sell, I might go for monitors or maybe Zu Druids with the Atma-Sphere 30 amp OTL.
Pic of a Dunlavy SC-IVa to follow