To the OP. With the gear your father ( not father in law ), has graciously and lovingly given you, you should feel special, and lucky. With that, you need to do your own do diligence, and research the amps and speakers, to determine what Mcintosh had in mind, for the specific purchaser, of those components. You are getting a lot of information from others here, and I disagree with much of it ( not all ). Is this 12 X 13 area, an enclosed room, with a single door, or is this area open to another area of the house ? If this is a room, I believe, ime, this Mac gear will over pressurize the room, with not only bass issues, but time alignment issues with the towers, creating " too much " of everything. These are not, by any means, near field speakers ( close up listening ), and I totally agree with caphill on this. Again, if this is a room, with 4 walls, there is no amount of acoustical room treatment that will get you to a very good listening experience. As far as the gear being accepting by you, from your dad, it is obvious he does not need the money for the gear, but I would consider keeping it for your next move ( a larger space ), or graciously tell your dad, to sell it. And cables...ridiculous, at this point. People recommending other gear to you, as far as Naim, and other speakers ? You have not mentioned what kinds of music you listen too; you have not specified if this will be a dedicated 2 channel audio room, or a combo home theater / audio room. I do not want to think you are a spoiled rich kid, as I have known, and helped many, with setting up systems. I am a retired audio consultant, and feel, with your intelligence ( your writing is very mature and articulate ), you can figure out if this gear is for you, and your room, and go by that. To much " personal " opinions here, as it is easy for people to recommend what " they " like. I am sorry if I sound a little harsh, but my sciatica had me in the hospital overnight, so I am a bit tired and cranky. Every one here means well, as I feel A’gon has a wonderful group of passionate folks, dedicated to music, and the equipment to get them to their nirvana. Also, asking your dad for anything else at this point, would be selfish, as he already indicated that " you " need to find a preamp, etc, to complete the system. The Thorens would be a go. The fact that you posted this, I am not sure you are ready to own gear yet, at this level. I know this is all a bit of mumbo jumbo, but I know the medications I am currently taking, are effecting me, in many different ways...so I am going with that excuse. Hope everything works out for you, and sorry if I insulted you, or anyone else here. It was not my intention. Enjoy ! MrD.