Looking at getting into some quality budget hi-fi gear for a stereo setup. I've got a budget of about $2000 stretching to $2500 depending on the gains. I want to start this system as a decent stereo setup with the aim of expanding into surround sound latter as money presents. For the mains/fronts, I'm interested in some big sound and looking at floorstanders, with a budget of about $1000-$1500. My choices are either looking at kits, or prebuilt speakers. I've been looking at kit speakers from LSK [www.theloudspeakerkit.com] and Vaf [www.vaf.com.au]. Both the F6 mkII and TL6 from LSK are in the right price range ($1199). Is there a reason why the prices are the same for these two designs? I would have expected their flagship range to be more expensive than the deluxe. Is there any reason why the F6's would be preferable to the TL6? The TL6 seem to have a greater frequency response (30 compared with 37 for F6's) but a lower sensitivity (89.5db compared to 90db for F6's). From Vaf, I can really only afford the DC-7 G4 speakers. As a kit, these are $1399, which is $200 more than the speakers from LSK. I can't find any specs on these speakers from the website (might not be looking hard enough), but are they worth the extra investment over the kits from LSK? Prebuilt speakers, there seems to be a few around my price range, but how do they compare to kit speakers? I have no problems getting my hand dirty to make the speakers, but if the gain is small, then it might be more worth my while to get prebuilt speakers. Would a set of prebuilt speakers at the ~$1200 mark sound much different from kit speakers of the same cost? How do floorstanding speakers from Jamo, KEF, B&W, Mission and Wharfedale in the $1200 range compare? Now for amps, I'm not entirely sure where to go. I've been looking at ranges from Cambridge Audio (540A v2 and 640A v2), NAD (C352, C372 or C320/325BEE). Both the 540A and the C320/325BEE are around the $600 mark and put out about 50W per channel. Would there be that much noticable difference going to the next range up at $900 for either the 640A or C352? My initial choices were to go for the C352 NAD amp with the LSK TL6 floorstanders, but should I get a cheaper amp, and spend more on the speakers? e.g. C320BEE NAD amp and the Vaf DC-7 G4's? Any input would be greatly appreciated!