I recently did some that is incredibly brilliant or stupid. I sold everything except my studio speakers/headphones. 2 turntables, cassette deck, pre, amp and speakers, all of it. It was pieced together over the years, had some quirks but was fine.
About me, I have background in audio, worked in studios for years. Now I have small home studio that currently is working as my stereo.
What I am looking to accomplish; an affordable good stereo.
Turntable: Something like the U-Turn Turntable. Good reviews, good price point, cool features.
Amp: Something like the Topping TP30. DAC and an input. I would like more but for under $100, understand.
Pre: Here is what got me to this site. I would love a tube phono pre with headphone out in the similar class as everything else on the list. Great value for the dollar. Any ideas?
Music server: Finally getting to that point that I am tired of rummaging though CDs and really digging archive.org for their live stuff. I am a mac person.
Speakers: I have a couple ideas.
Why head-fi? Of all the audio sites I have been a part of/looked over, the best advice I have seen has come from here. The attitudes are left at the door. I am not looking for the best system ever. I know what expensive speakers sound like in professionally designed acoustic spaces but this isn't that application. My bose iPod dock is PERFECT for my master bathroom or outside while I am grilling. Not putting my Dynaudios out on the patio.
So there you have it, I hope you get the idea. I look forward to hearing what you recommend as well as contributing where I can.