Lets talk stereo equipment. Turntables, receivers, preamp/amp combos, speakers, etc.
Starting to put a stereo together, on the cheap.
Working with a pair of Polk Audio Monitor 50s in the front, some Kenwoods in the rear and center and no subwoofer (yet). JVC receiver and a Denon turntable.
I just got the Monitors for $100 and they sound great, so I retired my Jensen monster sized CS315 's. The Jensens did the job ok but these are much tighter. Problem is, they do lack low end.
Plan on upgrading the center speaker next, but really I just keep an eye out on Craigslist for good equipment and grab good pieces for cheap when I see them if I can afford it. Currently I found a kickass Denon preamp and Amp combo for 200, but the amp is mono, so I'd need to find a match for it.
Also, for those of you who know about this kind of stuff, I'm considering building a set of speakers. Has anyone tried this before?
I too am plagued by this addiction, though I'm more into headphones. I've got the Lyr/Bifrost combo with a pair of Audeze LCD-2s, which is really just bliss to sit down and listen to after long day. AKG K701s and a FiiO E9K/E17 combo live at my office at work.
As for the home audio though, I do have a 2 floor speakers (Mordaunt Short Aviano 6s) with an Onkyo reciever. Good floor speakers should prevent you needing a sub for music, and I don't like surround sound for music honestly. If I watched more film I'd invest in a sub, center console, and two bookshelf speakers for the back, but I don't enjoy the sound of music as much with it. I'd recommend anyone the Aviano 6s. They were very good value for the money when they used to be $1300 a pair, and are now ~1/3 of that price.
As for building speakers I never have, but I've heard good things about www.zaphaudio.com/