If you buy the B&W's, try AudioQuest speaker cables. They really perform at their best bi-wired. If you buy the Revels, MIT Shotguns or Transparent are a great match. I own the Revel Ultima Studios and I use MIT 750 Magnums. Really a good match but too expensive at your price point. The Vandersteens are a good choice as well, but you should try to find a pair of Vandy Signatures. They are wired with silver throughout and I have heard both and it makes a significant difference with very little difference in the cost. Forget the receiver! There's nothing to listen to on FM anyway. Get yourself a good integrated with at about 100 w/ch. If you get less power than that, you may want to upgrade your speakers in the next couple of years and may have a power limitation. I don't have a recommendation for the integrated. I don't know the Musical Fid. product. I would recommend the Mark Levinson integrated if you can find on Audiogon, but I think it will be beyond your budget but really worth the stretch if you could do it. For the CD, just make sure it has upsampling to 96K if not 192K. This makes an extroadinary difference in performance. I am not a fan of tubed cd players in general. Be careful with that one since they are often lacking in detail.
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