You failed to mention what kind of music you prefer. Unless you listen to big orchestras, organ or hard rock here is my recommendation. First, forget the Creek and Totems. Amplifier-Audiolab8000LX (can get it new for $560.00 from www.audiooutlet.com or demo. for $425.00 from www.artech-electronics.com), CD player-Audiolab8000CD ($1000.00-new or $900.00-demo from artech-electronics), Loudspeakers: a) B&W custom monitors ($1100.00 or so anywere) - clean but cold sound with limited dynamics and bass. b) Michael Green Designs Revolution 80i ($1000.00-saw it here somewhere among classifides) - perhaps, less precise than B&W but much more musical and natural especialy with vocals and acoustic instruments with better bass (Revolution 60i will do too - a little less dynamics, a little less bass) For cables I would probably suggest the most expensive Cardas you can afford but it may take some experementing. Do not mix cables of different makes unless you are prepared to spend a lot of time to find the best set up. Forget about the tuner for now or buy something used for next to nothing. Never spend less than needed or you'll waist your money. Good luck. Mikhail.
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