THanks for having me on your boards!
I've read a few of these "how do I start" messages on the Entry Level, but I thought I'd add my own post - every case is different and perhaps my own post will address my unique needs (even though I probably don't know what they are!)
Here's my basics:
1) Love music. Love love love.
2) Had the same stereo system for years - until, piece by piece, the damn thing fell apart (I've been pretty poor for the last 10 years or so - freelance writer/theater director so not a lot of $$$ to spend on a good system).
3) I just got a great new job with some financial flexibility (thank god) so I can start to invest in a good system - nothing outrageous, but good quality.
4) I've migrated most of my music to my computer - and I'm tired of listening to it on my crappy pc speakers. I have a ton of vinyl that I'd like to rip too.
My interests: I guess I want a system that can get the most out of my mp3s, allow me to play other media (and rip) as necessary, and finally I'd like to understand a bit of the science behind the purchase - I'd like to know WHY what I'm buying is as good as it is so I can make informed decisions.
So - this is your chance to wax eloquent for a willing audience! I guess I'll start with the financials - I can reasonably spend/save $3000 - $4000. I have no components left, except an old pioneer amp/tuner that is useless, because I have no speakers!
Love to hear what you think,