Sorry for this long post but I am getting frustrated looking into an upgrade and would welcome some advice. The guts of my current system are: Sony CDP-557ESD Sherwood Amp Tannoy 633 Profile L/R Speakers I am looking to do a re-vamp of my system as my AV processor has died and will be replaced with a decicated AV Receiver, which I haven't tried yet. More importantly I also need to change to front speakers that are magnetically shielded which greatly limits choice (have no option but to have the right speaker adjacent to the TV now we've got a smaller living room). I love the sound of my 633's which are quite warm and go deep at low volumes (terraced house , I'm not a great fan of excess treble, but as they're not shielded they'll have to go in the loft for a while. I loved the Quad 11L's but these aren't shielded, and get this, Quad replied to my query as to when they would offer it as "we are currently researching the market to see if there's any demand" (wake up and smell the coffee Quad). - Loved the 22L's even more but there was a firm "No" from the budget-controller! I've home demo'd a pair of Monitor Audio Silver 2i's and although they sounded great in the shop, at home I wondered if they are a bit too bright for my taste - they sounded a little forward with say piano and drums over what I'm used to. That said they did 80% of the music I listen too exceptionally well, if perhaps with a little less bass than I'm used to also. If I got them I'd be looking at adding the Silver centre and maybe the S1 for rear (or B1 if they sound okay for rear-duties). I've also tried Tannoy mX-3's (looking for a family feel with the 633's) but was under-whelmed by the sound and found the cabinet horribly cheap looking unlike the MA's whose cabinets were very well finished with a real wood finish. On to my questions: - Could the brightness of the MA's be due to my current CD player and Amp Combo? - As the Amp will be being replaced with the receiver perhaps I am being too hasty at discounting them? - If I were to partner up, which of Denon, Yamaha, Pioeneer, Sony et al should I look at given my preference for a warmer sound? (budget about £350 for receiver). - Am I missing the point by not demo'ing all of the proposed upgrade together? Opinions sought with thanks!