So I am at college and need to start paying for music now, so I figured that I should probably get a sound system worthy of playing my music. I can't spend more than $1000 on everything and don't 'want' to spend more than $500. I plan on buying most things on ebay and on craigslist. I don't have transportation so I can't really cruise the garage sales or test equipment at audio shops. I just need some proper equipment that I won't be sorry with and will work well for the money I have. So far from the research I've done I've come up with this.
I am thinking an old marantz 2270 because it seemed to be good for the price for a receiver. I can get it on ebay for about $150. I feel like the receiver is probably the most important piece of equipment, so I would like some feedback here. Im not set on it, I just need advice. The fact that it has an am/fm radio tuner is not that important to me. I could also do separate amps, im not set on an all in one receiver. Size is not important.
I don't really think I'm going to be listening to too many cd's so it seemed that the playstation 1 setup would be okay for me. I can sacrifice some performance for that awesome price. But, I have a desktop with a pretty decent sound card and I am debating if I really even need this as I plan to use my audio setup for my comp as well.
I also plan to buy a record player, which will probably be my main music source. I really know nothing about record players, and I don't think I need a fancy new one, I could definitely go used. I know from experience they are notorious for breaking, so I was hoping for something that is sturdy but also has good quality play. I was reading that you also need pre amps and cartridges and other stuff I've never heard of.
I have no idea about speakers, except that I do plan on buying some. Again, they can be old and huge, I don't care. I don't need 5.1 surround or anything, I could just do just a couple of high quality speakers.
Obviously I need some help here. Some recommendations would be nice, so long as they aren't above my price range. I will continue to do research as well, but it seems like the more I research the more unsure I become about everything. Essentially I don't want to spend a ton of time looking around for all this equipment and figuring all this stuff out, as I need to focus on my studies (It's kind of too late though ).
I don't really care about headphones as I don't plan on using them often. It just seems like a money pit.
Thanks for your opinions, this will help me out a lot in the long run.