I'd like to preface this by stating that I'm going to get these speakers used, so older stuff that may not be in production any longer is okay (so long as it wasn't yanked from someone's product line for exploding or sounding really bad). Also, this setup is almost exclusively for music in my 19ftx11ft dorm room which is constitued by half drywall, half concrete, a futon and two beds, and hopefully a bunch of rugs on the wall for extra dampening (we also have an area rug on the ground). Denon AVD-2000 preamp, Adcom GFC-535 II (60watt/chan) (probably), some abysmal dvd player connected via digital coax to the preamp, and some 12ga speaker wire (haven't purchased yet). I've been reading this forum and other sites for a week or two getting some ideas for this endeavor. I've heard great things about Magnepan MMGs, Ascent CDM-170's, and B&W 602's. Any other speakers in this price range which are worth looking into for two-channel music listening? Also, if I need a subwoofer, what are some good matches for speakers in this price range? I mostly listen to rock and IDM, if that gives any idea for my bass requirements (though I'm not really a bass fiend and will probably order a sub after I hear the loudspeakers playing by themselves). Also, what the heck is it with monitor stands? I can't spend $500 on stands for $300 speakers, which leads me to think that floorstanders might be more economical (no stands, typically enough bass to forgo a subwoofer). However, buying monitors and a sub would free up more amp power for the midrange because I could cut off the front channel output at 70hz or something. Am I on the right track here?