I'm new to the forum and could use some help because I would like to change the Audio path I started about a year ago. Problem is that I've been learning thru trial and error, which has not given me the results I wanted. I went with a 5.1 surround approach which was really stupid given that I'm not even a big fan of watching my movies in surround sound. I suppose this happened because at the time a good friend sold me his 2 year old Yamaha RX-V863 Receiver for only $50 (I couldn't pass up a 7.2 730W unit in perfect condition.) I figured to get all the sound I wanted for Music then I needed to go with at least 5 speakers and a self powered sub. So this is what I did and since at the time money was tight, I went with 4 Bose 201 Bookshelf speakers, 1 Polk Audio center shelf speaker, and a 150w Yamaha Sub-woofer. (I know, these are not great speakers, but at least give me credit for not buying a WalMart all in one pre-box surround system.) I would imagine that per channel, these speakers are getting perhaps 65% of the power they can actually handle from my receiver. They are of course 8 Ohm speakers. I think the Bose 201's are rated at 110W each and the Polk 3 Cone Center speaker is rated at 145 Watts. My Music on CD, Pandora, and MP3 sounds fair given my investment. (To others that don't really know what great sound is they think it sounds far better than I do.) To me it just doesn't sound punchy enough. I don't mean bass, but just not true and clean. Question is... If I sell all this set up then (add more money of course) could I just go with a good quality 2 channel high wattage shelf type Amp and hook that to just two really good floor standing speakers? If so then could my self powered sub-woofer still be utilized? Then again I suppose I also need some kind of tuner in which has inputs for my BluRay Player (I use this to play my Pandora, CD's and MP3 music) This Tuner would also need good Pre-outs to the 2 channel amp? I'm a bit confused... I just want to set up a system geared at music and not surround Home theater. I want it crisp, solid and able to put out A LOT of Sound. It doesn't need to be a flagship ultra high end set up. I want to keep it as simple as I can and "Try" to do it on a budget. What should my first step be? I would really like to drop the surround sound set up and build on something just for music.