In the last year (really just the last 4 months), I've gotten into higher end headphones. In terms of speakers, though, I'm still going with my computer speakers and my crappy guitar amp (neither of which provide very good sound quality).
The holidays are coming up, and I think I'll be able to afford something fun. Where my money used to go into videogames, my budget now is pretty much dedicated to audio.
What components would I need for a stereo system set up? My sources are my computer, my MP3 player/phone, and CDs. The set up would mainly be for my bedroom, which is a decent sized room but not huge (maybe 8 by 10, or a bit bigger). Would I want to buy 2 standing speakers or 1 horizontal (for lack of a better word) speaker? Would I need a receiver, or would I be able to plug my speakers directly into my source? If I needed a receiver, would a decent desktop amp/DAC that would be able to go out to multiple speakers (the type of thing I could also use with headphones, the type of thing everyone kind of seems to be saying I should buy just for my headphones, if nothing else) be sufficient?
I'm totally in over my head. I suppose the final big thing I should mention, which may make you groan, is my budget won't be much over $200. So I'm looking for stuff that sounds nice, but isn't like super high end oh-my-god-amazingness.
Specific item recommendations for speakers and receivers/Amps/DACs, overall setup recommendations, or any other advice you'd have would be absolutely awesome! And if I sound like a blathering moron, I'm sorry, help me learn!