There is just one thing that is important when choosing components and that is the sound quality YOU here when listening to your music. When asking for advice about components I would recommend that you take some of your favority CD's to your hi-fi dealer to audition the products. As for money, I know we all have to live within our means but I can tell you this from experience; it's better to wait till you have more dollars than to invest in a systemt that you may not be happy with. I made the mistake of getting a Pioneer Elite Receiver ($1200) and Thiel .5's ($800) and had to live with that for 3 years. It was aweful and as soon as I got my Arcam Solo and Paradigm Studio 100's I realized what I was missing.