Ill third the recommendation of Klipsch. I replaced a pair of $600 each Cerwin Vega 12" three ways that weighed a ton, and took up the whole room, with a Polk 12" sub, and 4 Klipsch KB15 bookshelf speakers for $259 a pair, and they blow the Cerwin Vega's away. The 93spl/m is great for saving money on those 150W amps, since you wont need it. If I had the money and space, I would have gotten the Klipsch Icon tower speakers. Cant go wrong there.
AS for amps...I paid $1200 for a Yamaha amp a long time ago (maybe 20 years or so?), and had to replace the power amp chips twice. The third time, I just said heck with it, and go a Pioneer for 1/4 that price, and I STILL have it in the bedroom. Denon also running the main Home Theatre. Yamaha may have improved in the past 20 years, but I cant get that piece of crap top of the line amp out of my mind. Took me 2 years to pay it off, and it didnt even last two years.
Since the amps these days all come with HDMI, that is why they are shy on the optical and coax digital audio inputs. If you have no need for HDMI (like you are running the video directly to a switcher or the TV), you can get a amp from a year or two ago without HDMI, or with maybe just one HDMI input, and it should have plenty of opticals. Mine has 3/1. I use a DVDO switcher tho, so have no need for any HDMI's on the amp.
Edited by Davenlr, 25 June 2012 - 07:51 PM.
Tivo Premier XL4, Tivo Premier, Tivo HD whole home on Xfinity HD, DirecTv Whole Home with 39" high gain KaKu dish, Roku3,SageTv 8 TB Win8 Server -> DVDO Edge-> Denon AVR, Klipsch KB15's/Panasonic 55ST60 plasma"