Im taking my chances here hopefully not making a tit out of myself on a hi-fi forum straight out of the bag Im really into my music, and am thinking about splashing out a bit of money on some decent speakers.. I have a set of speakers which are about 15yrs old and pretty much knackered, so think I owe it to myself to upgrade them!.. I have an old Pioneer amp (SA-3000) which I love to bits, and am not getting rid of; it sounds amazing to me and does everything i need, I just want to spend some money on speakers and cable.. I don't know a thing about stereo's that my ears aren't telling me, and so I don't want to walk into a hi-fi shop next weekend and feel like a complete d*ck not knowing a damn thing.. I know what I like sound wise and will not be swayed by a salesman's opinions, so will listen to them and see which is best to my ears, but can anyone point me towards a manufacturer or a couple of manufacturers that I should consider/steer clear of?.. Also any recommendations of specific speakers would be great; i listen to a massive range of music genre's, but when Im actually sitting down listening to music (rather than doing the washing up or housework with music on in the background) I tend to listen to soul, jazz, trip-hop and acoustic stuff (yeah I know, weird mix). Im not some chav who wants phat bass and ear bleeding treble; i lust after decent mid-range, so bear that in mind Finally is there any benefit in taking my amp with me to audition speakers or will people just laugh at my silver steam-powered contraption?!.. Not sure if its the done thing and again don't want to look like a **** walking into a shop with bertha under one arm About 1/2 of my music is digital and the other half on vinyl, no preference for floor standers/stand mounted, my budget is upto £300 for the speakers; I will purchase new cables as and when afterwards. I might go over that for some tasty looking speakers like the blueroom ones, but not sure if they're trading on looks over function?.. Hope someone can point me in the right direction or arm me with a bit of knowledge.. Ben PS.. near me I have Cymbiosis who are my first stop as they've sorted me out with headphones in the past and are very helpful. I also have a seven oaks hi-fi shop (who I have no experience of what so ever) and a richer sounds.. The richer sounds staff come across to me as heavily opinionated and leave me a bit cold, so would rather steer clear of them unless they have what I want on the cheap and I can just walk in, pick it up, pay and leave; I went to look at a new TV there, and it felt like they were trying hard to persuade me to buy what they like and not discussing options with me..