Here's a good overview of audio snake-oil products... :)
Though these are my fave... http://boingboing.net/2005/11/07/ast...lly-overp.html
Setup of a $70k turntable, in case you have an afternoon to study it:
Walker Proscenium Turntable
Here's a pretty good pre/power amplifier combo for speakers with medium impedance ($14k / $140k):
Atmasphere MP-1 Pre-Amplifier
Atmasphere MA-3 Power Amplifier
And here are a pair of speakers that would fit that amplifier pretty well:
Von Schweikert - Click on Products, VR Series, and find the VR-11SE
You'd have to divorce the better part of $165k to own a pair of these.
I have friends that are obsessed with this stuff, and I just like music. I personally think they're insane, and whatever 'problem' I have with spending a bit too much time fiddling around with films and silver gelatin paper, I feel pretty damned healthy by comparison. :)
If you're gonna spend money on audio stuff, a good receiver, good speakers and a good turntable are all you really need. And by good, I mean, you need to get lucky at a garage sale and find a complete Sansui setup for $25...
If I had some dough, I'd be getting these... http://www.klipsch.com/klipschorn-floorstanding-speaker
My best stuff was free. I have a huge pair of Kenwood/Trio speakers which my brother found in a cupboard in a house he was refurbishing and my main speakers are Acoustic Research AR-4xa which were left behind by the previous owner of the house my mother bought a few years ago. I also have a nice JVC amplifier my father gave me when he couldn't be bothered with separate units any more and bought an all in one system.
That "Walker" turntable "for me" is a little Rube Goldberg like.
I won't rain on their parade... gota love that it was set up in front of some crappy blinds though.
It's too easy to obsess over individual pieces of equipment, regardless what our interests are. I've been to many homes of audiophiles, and while their systems sound great, their record collection leave a lot to be desired. Sometimes I bring music that I really love, but is poorly recorded... It's amazing how bad those recordings sound in these big buck systems... I admit to being a bit sneaky like that, but I can't help myself. Icelandic artist Johann Johannsson, for example, released a spectacularly beautiful album called 'Fordlandia'. It's basically about Henry Ford's utopian society, and if you're not moved by the music you must be pretty numb inside. It's just gorgeous music. To watch how they're torn between the beauty of the music, and just how flat and poor the recording is, is majestically funny. Or, if I want to listen to reggae on their big Martin Logan electrostatic speakers, and the whole system falls on its face, because it doesn't rock or boogie... Or how about some Ramones? :)
Hey, guess where Martin-Logans are made?? ;)
Just got the Ramones on vinyl for X-mas, interestingly enough!