I feel the same way man. I currently have a rpaidly expanding collection and decided to upgrade my rig to hold it. Firs,t a new 20 GB iPod, because that is how much music I am getting close to holding. I then bough amazing ET-4S headphones. I plan to get Grados to anywhere from 80s to 335is. Most likely ont he lower side of that number. Then, also b/c my Etys are way to weak I have decided that get an amp. At first I was looking for Airhead, then went to Super Moy, then TAH, Port Corda II, and finally a SR-71. Yet, what I read about amps are basically it doesn't affect sound that much especialy in a portable rig. So, I decided to get a small, but great quality amp so that it doesn't detiorate the sound, but just amplifies it enough for my liking. I am going with a MINT, I love building stuff.
So, I have been at the top of eash scale, but came back down realizing the major money it would drain. So, I decided if my heart wasn't going to let me withdraw at such a large lever from my bank, I would just nickel and dime it with CDs untill I had no money and no longer looked for new cans.
So, my list:
Rock: If you don't have Hendrix, get experienced. Basically all Hendrix is amazing, but Electric Lady Land especially. The Beatles is the definite word on Rock. Anything past Rubber Soul is pretty fair game. I would alos take a look at THe Who, THe Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin. Pink FLoyd is a must for everyone. The Wall, Pulse, Animals, Were you Here, and The Final Cut. You can't go wrong with any of them.
Classic Jazz: A definite two thumbs up for Thelonious Monk: Thelonious and Underground. All the Miles Davis QUintet are good to, like workin' w/ and cookin' w/.
Modern Jazz/ Funk: MMW esp. Friday Afternoon in the Universe and Notes from the Underground. The Bad Plus are one of the rising artists, and their new album "Give" is a mixture between Rock and Jazz. I mean they did a cover of Iron Man and it soudns amazing.
Some more Modern Rock: I relaly liek MOdest Mouse, they did some great stuff with the Dirt Dozzen Brass Band in ood News for People who love Bad News. Dispatch: Bang Bang.
I love music and all I can say is that if you music collection does not cost more than your rig or your rig is larger than your Cds stacked. Then, someone does not need a rig. My CDs are already larger than my computer and CD player, which was my old rig. My new rig will be much smaller, but still my CDs will cost more.
Ohh yeah if I didn't say it before, GOOD CHOICE!!!