i'd ditch the receiver and go with some powered speakers like audioengine a5 ($350)or swans m200 (same).
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Good suggestion. I like the simplicity, as we could just connect an airport express to the A5+ speakers. The A5's are rear ported, so that is an issue for mounting near a wall. But she may have the perfect situation... I was going to mount the speakers in the framing to a window seat alcove, about 8 feet wide. Perhaps the A5 speakers could go in the top left and right corners of the entry to the alcove, thus leaving 2+ feet of space behind them to accommodate the bass backwave. There is glass behind them ("window seat"), but if it's just the base going back there, perhaps it's no problem.... Thoughts?
phasecorrect might have the right idea with the a2 for your space--it might be less boomy (though i'd be inclined to try both the a2 and a5 and avail yourself of the retrun policy). you can connect a sub to the a2 by plugging your unused "input" from the a2 into the input of your sub. i think you can also connect the airport express to the sub, let us know how it works out.