Yeah true about a huge gap from the low range to the high end stuff. Id say 500 for amp, 350 for cdp and 500 for speakers and about 20 on cables.
For the amp, the Redgum RGi35 (500) cant be beat.
For the speakers the Legend Acoustics Kurre bookshelves (500) cant be beat.
For cdp, there's alot to choose from but I went with the cd6000 ose for about 350.
Both the amp and speakers are aussie products
Prob very hard to audition it but believe me ... it ROCKS !!
I have the 60w (ah hem 89.7w tested) Redgum. This amp is really really clean sounding. I cant pick up much if at all coloration.
The Kurre's bigger bro the Kama2
The midrange of these are just amazing thanx to its audax drivers. The guy who designs these speakers is the ex lead designer for Linn. Its morel tweeters give out detailed high end without being harsh. Alot like the 580/600.
There really isnt much point going with a Tannoy MX1 or similar speakers as my 7 yr old sony mini compo system sounds better than it.
For me right now I think im gonna be spending alot on cds
So hard to find good cd recordings though.