Hello forum members!\n\nThis is my first post here, I'm new to the forum, and relatively new to the hobby. I have a basic Sherwood integrated, and some Fluance bookshelves and I'm ready to upgrade.\n\nConsiderations: \n1. I move almost annually, because of this, I am not currently considering surround sound as an option, I would prefer a simple two channel system that can handle home theater and music duty. I would be willing to consider bookshelves plus some smaller subwoofers, but my preference is truly full range towers.\n\n2. I'm a young, strong guy. In spite of the fact that I move frequently, I don't mind the heavy lifting, the reason for the simple setup is so that I can have happy speakers in a variety of room acoustic settings, given that I will hang panels for first reflection points in any given room. I may not always be able to manage a surround sound setup in a new apartment or home, and I prefer the simplicity of two channel systems.\n\nPreferences: (I realize you can't have everything, so I'm expecting to give up one or two of these)\n\n1. I would prefer to not need to use a subwoofer(s). I don't need room pounding or high SPL bass, but I would like something that fills a small \/ medium sized room and actually extends down to a respectable 32-30 hz F3.\n\n2. My sonic preference is just on the forward side of neutral. Lively and dynamic, but not fatiguing.\n\n3. I would prefer something that is 84 to 88 db efficient and can handle a ton of power to push it to high volume, or something that is 89 + db efficient.\n\n4. I am mentioning this because I know I will be asked otherwise. I am a professional classical musician, so reproduction of an orchestra is obviously very important to me. I am an operatic tenor, and so reproduction of voices is even more important. Secondary music preferences include arena rock, metal, hip hop, and folk music. This system will be approximately 50\/50 music and home theater duty.\n\nThe budget: \nAbout $3,000, all-in (pre, amp, dac, speakers, cables, etc)\n\nQuestions:\n1. Given what you have read above, what would you recommend for speakers, amplifiers, and pre-amplifiers for me to consider auditioning?\n\n2. Having never owned audiophile equipment, I don't have a real appreciation for soundstage or imaging. This is mentioned in almost every review of every speaker I read. Is it actually an objectively noticeable phenomenon, or do you personally chalk this up to placebo effect or wishful thinking? How important is soundstage and imaging in high-quality speaker selection?\n\n3. What questions have I failed to ask? What should I know before purchasing or auditioning the speaker from a company?\n\nThank you so much for your time and expertise and making recommendations to me as I put together my first high quality system!