I am a college student who is just recently getting interested in hi-fi audio equipment. I dont have a job at the moment, so I am on a very tight budget. I need help finding a system that will sound great for less than $500. Is this possible? I plan on playing Apple Lossless music out of my PowerBook G4. At the moment, I am just looking for a way to play music through some bookshelf speakers at my desk. Im sure this would require an amplifier, and probably a receiver. If I could get a USB connected DAC, that would be great, but I dont think that will happen with my budget. I am willing to go used. I have a lot of ideas to expand, but at the moment, all I need is to get a good sound out of my computer to some ~$200/pr. speakers. Which speakers should I try? Which amps would match these speakers?
I listen to alternative, classical, folk, hip-hop/rap, indie, reggae, and rock; pretty much everything, based on my mood. I realize that I wont be able to get the highest quality of equipment with my budget, but I am willing to expand as my income allows.