Finding a good dealer, assuming there is one within driving distance of you, is a much better way to proceed at assembling a music system, IMO.
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if i was starting all over again, with your budget, instead of the mountain of big boxes i've accumulated i'd opt for a relatively compact integrated/dac solution like a peachtree nova--haven't heard your cambridge minx, although it looks good on paper; just about everyone else (marantz, yamaha, nad) also make comparable products in that $500-1000 range. since you'd have a good dac, i'd opt for a modest networking bluray player (you can find a denon or marantz for $300 on accessories4less and their ilk). as for speakers, i'm sure you're on the right track--also check out the kef ls50 (big rave around these parts)or for less dough the whafedale bookshelf is also vg
Lorcar - apologies upfront for answering questions you did not ask, but I was in a similar situation when I got back into the hobby about four years ago, with a similar re-entry budget.
My first recommendation is that you determine what your three year budget is and do not spend more than half of that total. Your odds of nailing this the first time out are practically zero. You will end up tweaking, upgrading and experimenting.
Second, no matter what system you end up with, spend at least 500 hours listening to it and learning how to optimize it for your listening habits before you swap out any gear. I've moved my system at least four times as I've learned how I listen. Turns out I do much more solo listening than I thought I would and as a consequence I carved out dedicated space, which also influenced my ultimate gear selections.
Third, if possible go to audio shows. This is the easiest way to get exposed to all genres of gear and identify what you like and don't like, represented in the current SOA.
Fourth, speaker/amp matching and system synergy is paramount to performance so your technical questions are a good sign. An excellent primer on the technology that drives all stages of audio reproduction is "Audio & Hi-Fi Handbook", edited by Ian Sinclair. I have the 3rd edition which was published in 1998 but is very much current for all but the most modern technology and engineering.
I've been through way too much gear (electrostatics, horns, small box, big box, etc) since 1980. My current room is 8X14, and I have finally assembled a system that plays music. Speakers are Blumenstein Orca Deluxe with a DIY 45 SET tube amp, made by Oliver, an Audiogon member.
This system, with Kimber 4tc, is balanced and musically engaging in a way that has escaped every other system I have tried. I do use a Mac/iTunes/HRT dac with all of my 1,400 CDs on the hard drive. I also built a Lenco turntable with a slate deck.
This system does not slam, but the essence of people making music is amazing. I will pick up the Dungeness for when I want to get more bass impact, but strangely, I'm quite happy with the output of the 3"Foster drivers.
I bought my Blumensteins used on Audiogon a few months ago, so I have no financial investment in the company, but I want to make sure people are aware of a very special speaker. An amp that also sounds wonderful for almost nothing is the EL84 Miniwatt tube amp. You can find these on Ebay for about $240.
I will mention that I had to work at placing the speakers over a matter of a few weeks to get the balanced sound, but you know when it locks in.
Good luck on your quest, and try not to get caught up in the cost equals quality syndrome.
For 2800 U.S. my focus would be to find items that you can
get a modest deal on.......
The Cambridge CXA60 is 799 in the U.S. and has a wonderful DAC
and I believe it's built much better overall than Peachtree or Marantz...
Cambridge Topaz CD Player 349.00
1149.00 so far
No question, go for the KEF LS50, depending on the size of your space.....it's not very efficient......but in a small to medium room,
even 60 watts should have no problem making them sing.....
I agree with BG's suggestions, particularly his Second suggestion.
The way the system sounds the day you drop it in won't necessarily be the way it sounds in weeks or months. It takes time, probably a combination of getting accustomed to the sound, positioning the speakers, and understanding how you listen (at first we often play the music louder as we are judging the sound). I don't know if 500 hours is the number, but it's as good as any number. Bottom line - It takes a while.
A lot of good suggestions. If you have a local dealer that you can work with, that would be best to get the synergy between the components. Even better would be to purchase some used or demo equipment from that dealer. This will be the start of your adventure so purchasing electronics that could be used with a future speaker upgrade would be beneficial.