I want to assemble a system suitable for both movies and music, with a slight bias toward music listening. The system I’d like to have, if I could buy it now, would take a budget of approximately $8,000 to $10,000. However, I only have about a third of that available to spend now, and it will take me a couple of years before I could afford the full amount.
I really don’t want to get myself trapped into an endless case of upgraditis, but want to transform my humble 27” analog TV, DVD player, and mini stereo system into something I can start to enjoy now, and end up with something that has as much “future proofing” as I can realistically manage in this hobby.
So, if you were forced into a similar position, how would you answer the following:
- What would you purchase now, as the first components of your system?
- What would you buy to "tide you over" until you could get a better component later?
- What would you delay buying until later, as something you could wait on, and what order would you buy it in?
Of course, you’re free to tell me that this whole approach will only end in grief. I’d appreciate any advice.