Originally Posted by NorCa
Bookshelf, I like passive a little more. Sounds better to me paying $300 for a passive than $300 for an active (part of the price is the amp, not all on speaker quality). I'd love to find some stereo receiver like the HK3490(includes DAC - toslink input) a little cheaper, $440 just for receiver will hurt my speaker budget a lot.
They way I look at it, a receiver will probably last me a long time so I don't mind spending extra money on that. Speakers will come and go due to wear and tear, music interests, space changes, etc. Although I have never seen or owned the HK3490, it looks good and from the reviews, I would buy it. Also, the Klipsch - Icon 5-1/4" 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers look pretty good for their price. I will have to throw in a disclaimer...I have never owned or heard any of these products but based on my research, I would purchase these two items. I generally stay away from bookshelf speakers but, hey, I might someday.
Good Luck, MCL