My dorm room needs a stereo, desperately. I'm used to listening to my dad's $20k tube-amped fancy-pants DAC system at home, but prudence prevents such an outlay at this point in my life. I don't even want a 5.1 setup because I don't feel like buying a TV. This is for music alone. I have come upon some floorstanding optimus (basically radioshack) speakers which are probably not anywhere near audiophile quality. They have $150 price tags affixed to the back of each one and are at least ten years old. I also have a denon preamp that is no longer being used at home (AVD-2000) and I figured that if I ran my roommate's dvd player via digital coax to this unit, I could then buy a power amp instead of a receiver and get more power for my money (tell me if this reasoning is valid, otherwise I'll just buy an all-in-one receiver). My dad suggested adcom equipment as he's used it in the past, but all the models I've looked at are really too high end for the speakers I have. I was kinda thinking of Onkyo for my current situation as they're inexpensive and decent. I'm willing to buy new speakers if these suck badly (a distinct possibilty), but I'd like to take my purchases in steps. Also, my dorm room is like 19 feet by 11 feet, so I don't need much too much amplification currently. I think my upper window for the whole system is $1000, if I had to buy new floorstanding speakers and a power amp. I figure that I'm going to have this stuff for a while so I'd like to do it right the first time. With these constraints in mind, what would you suggest in order to make my listening experience swell?