baddfingerz wrote:PUT AS MUCH MONEY INTO LOUDSPEAKERS AS YOU CAN.
I would agree with this with a caveat...
Now for the caveat. If you buy speakers that are notorious for high-resolution sound--Martin Logans, Magneplanars, Innersound, Finals, Carver ALS (which BTW, are all electrostatic or ribbon speakers), you might find your desire to upgrade the rest of your rig becomes a neccessity, because these sort of speakers will reveal EVERY deficiency in your rig--with annoying truth and detail...
But yeah, good speakers will give the rest of your rig room to grow, AND they will outlast just about any component in your rig if you treat them right.
I too, am in agreement here. Spend the best part of your budget on truly great loudspeakers, you will never regret it....unless she gets them in the divorce. *I* think they can have the most impact on your system, in both the long and short term. In the short term a great speaker will bring out the best in your rig and support the gear changes in the long run.
Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.
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