I have 450 bucks to upgrade my system with. There are 2 weak links remaining in my setup. My receiver ( Sony str-de475) and my speakers (a mix of sony and rca bookshelves). I am almost embarrased to post these products as mine, but I have what I could afford at the time. For my 450 dollars I can have shipped to my door either the Sony STR-DA2ES receiver or Energy Take 5.2 speakers (no sub, I have 2 diy's). I am absolutely set on these 2 products and will have them both within 6 months, It's just that I don't know which to get first. Problems I have with each piece: Speakers: well they sound ok to me but with a RCA center, surrounds, and sony bookshelves as mains, I can't do much showing off visually, and you can forget anything being timbre matched. They also sound kinda flat and dull. Receiver: Apparently there is no bass management, there is not a crossover setting for LFE, and I can hear midrange bleeding from my sealed subs... at 80 watts per channel it still gets plenty loud, but is distorted (speakers?) So, with the given information, which will (most likely) allow me to enjoy my HT the most for the next four to sixmonths?