easy: Belari VP130 tube phono with volume control --> pair of Mackie MR6mk3
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I appreciate the suggestions. I was leaning towards the Audioengine A5+ but I sort of like the Mackies more. I was considering to go for Onkyo TX-NR636 receiver because I see that as a good building block to establish more gear down the road. Is the receiver a little crazy to combine with the studio speakers? Or would this make sense for the beginning foundation?
You will get better dynamics and especially inner detail if you replace the stock feet with something else. The cheapest way to get an improvement is probably KAB's Sorbothane II Sonic Domes. At $21 for a set of 4, that's hard to beat.
Another alternative is to replace the footers with a set of Vibrapod Cones. In that case, position the cone wide side down, ball side up, with the ball positioned under the brass thread insert that previously held the stock footer.
And of course do all four of them that way. Vibrapod Cones are available from Vibrapod itself, Audio Advisor, Music Direct, and other vendors.