I should begin by saying that I have been out of the hi-end audio/video world for quite some time now. Back in the 90s (when I was single and had money to burn lol), I had a Pioneer Elite TV with McIntosh Pre-Amp, Amp, LaserDisc Player, and B&W speakers. Since then, this equipment has been replaced by Samsung LEDs and Bose Lifestyle sytems (which are easier for my non-audiophile family members to just turn on and use).
However, my buddy just ordered a Rega RP1 turntable, which has re-sparked my interest in A/V. I am about due for some upgrades to my mancave, so I figure A/V is a good place to start. Currently in this room, I have an old Bang and Olufsen system which used to run my speakers throughout the house in the early 90s. I am not sure of the model (I will check tomorrow), but it has a turntable (never-used), a single disc CD player, a tape player, and some other integrated toys. The B&O speakers had rotted out so my installer hooked up the system to a cheap pair of Sony speakers and a massive subwoofer (I think Velodyne), which has been "OK" for occasional use. I have a pair of never-used Totem Mani-2 speakers, but my installer couldn't hook them up to the B&O for some reason. Anyway, the whole room is due for an A/V upgrade, so I would like some opinions. I use this room mainly as an exercise room, however I would like to make it a neat little hangout spot as well, complete with its own TV and great sound system. Unless you all have reason for why I should do otherwise, I would like to keep the Totem speakers and the Velodyne subwoofer.
My main dilemma is this: I would like both a great, modern surround sound system for my TV as well as a minimalistic and pure system for listening to vinyl, integrating both systems as much as possible. I would really like to get into vinyl. However, I am completely lost in this arena, and like I said, have never used the turntable I have now. I have also done very little component choosing in the past. So, though I have had some pretty high-end equipment, please walk me through this as if I was a complete beginner.
My vision is to have the two totem speakers at the front of the room with a turntable, tube amp (just like the look of them), and whatever else is required for this setup. However, I want to hang a TV above where this will be, so I will need to factor in equipment for that as well. In this case, would it be best to just get a Bose system for the TV and separate stuff for listening to vinyl? I would hate to have to duplicate equipment though (speakers, amps, subwoofer, etc).
Price wise, I am not looking to go crazy, but I have some money to devote to this. I figure I will probably get the same turntable as my friend has (Rega RP1 with performance pack) until I decide if vinyl is for me....or do you think my current B&O turntable is just as good? Anyway, any help is appreciated!