I read with interest Decembers Entry Level . As much as I agree with Stephens views there was one thing that came to my attention several times . He mentioned the cost of audio and that it was " there money , they could spend it however they please " . I hope Stephen understands that there are many of us that have been at this hobby for decades and it's not really a matter of spending money . When you have been listening to and enjoying music consistently for many years it's just a natural progression to want to improve the expeience . Just as when you age and your financial situation improves , you may want a better house or a nicer car so do you consider a finer stereo . Getting the best bang for the buck is still important but one also looks at built quality , manufacturer and dealer support not to mention things like elegantly designed and built speakers that add to a rooms decore not detract from it . Some of us still prefer to enjoy music every day in are living rooms rather than a dedecated sound room thats likely in the basement and rarely used , been there .
Have a grand day .