Well...let me preface this by saying that I do not know if I have come to the right forum for my purposes but hope to find some guidance for my ill-educated somewhat spendthrift audio desires...forgive me for the unnecessary length but if you're bored and feeling charitable...continue please...
Heres my story...I'm a 19 year old college student (hence the budget stipulation) who grew up marveling over his fathers 1970s technics equipment powering some similar vintage AR-11s...I refoamed the woofers on the AR's by the age of 7 and began convincing all my friends to get their parents old gear out of the attic so I could work the magic for them also...I coveted everyones little collections of brushed aluminum receivers and peeling veneer cabinets and began cutting grass and hitting garage sales to form a sort of collection...well by this time I was about 10 years old and didn't have a clue what I was buying and the truth is my dads old Technics/AR system was still far superior to my untrained ears than anything I could piece together and even my dads unfortunate replacement solution (bose acoustimass with a decent TX series Onkyo)...so I was convinced there was just no beating it...
I rested on that notion until a couple years ago when I was marginally impressed by a friends new Klipsch setup (plastic trim and all)
Well, I sold my television (I only used it for background light anyways) to aid the budget of buying a new amp or receiver that would impress
I wanted to keep to my "vintage tastes" so I started considering buying a classy Marantz 510M, recapping it, and building a set of my own speakers to match
But...I have recently considered giving a look at some modern offerings (budget for amp/preamp or receiver is around $1200)
-Keep the classy, quality, vintage = healthy for budget mindset?
-Opt for modern technology at the threat of depreciation and a slight lack of character
-Search for a decent used receiver and invest more in the speakers themselves?
I'm looking for any kinds of suggestions or direction...so say what you will (if you made it this far)