Strangely, my mother. She's nearly 70 now but back in the day she always chose the best hifi gear. In fact she knew 'the blokes' at Bowers & Wilkins, we come from that same town. They would let her audition their equipment at home. It used to be that they sold other brands, not just B&W. So she came home with KEF concord speakers, Dual turntable, Grado cartridge, NAD amp, Sennheiser headphones....... and I basically spent my childhood FEELING music beating through my small frame. A feeling that I've spent a lot of time (and expense) trying to recreate. What I discovered is that it's vinyl music that has that feeling. Moreover, you can actually see the speakers moving much more than with the CD equivalent. There's a lot more musical information contained within vinyl than CD. Even SACD....but SACD suffices too.
Even my dad copied my mum's choices.
The most annoying thing is that all of those brands are (to my knowledge) not as good as they used to be...and are made in the far east. So it took me a while to settle on brands that I do like, ARCAM is definitely one, Pro-Ject is another. Benz Micro too.
High street "hifi" makes me giggle. Loud it may be, high fidelity it is not. If your dog doesn't think Julie London is inside the speakers, then it doesn't sound real.