The subject of recordings of Beethoven's symphonies can be wide ranging and maybe even off-putting
to new comers.Many people have strong opinions on their favorites for a variety of personal reasons.
IMO no other set of the classical repertoire benefits from such a variety of quality(and maybe lack of quality)
recordings. Due to the internet the opportunity to hear many varied versions and opinions thereof.
I would highly recommend investigating as many of these recordings as possible.
There's no rush.For me (and I am not young) I continue to learn about these works from new and varied perspectives that continue to be put forth.
Here's a link to a healthy online discussion that's quite informative and broad in scope: