Well this thread really makes me think of the history of speakers for me, great choice.
Until the mid 80's, it was just crappy no name speakers until I smashed my 72 Charger, which still drove, and my friend needed a car so he gave me some cash, his Technics amp and JBL 902VX studio monitors. I then added a JVC tuner and some other stuff which is when I got into separates. Had the JBL's until the early 90's when I worked at Pioneer Video in Carson, where we made the laserdiscs which was also a post house, and then I had gone through several different sets, including their surround package for the early Pro-Logic set up. Many I gave away and other I sold off.
After working in another post house here in Chatsworth, every time they upgraded their equipment and speakers, guess who them? So my current HT speaker set up is the B&W THX series, the FCM8's, SCM8's and PCS8's for the 5.2. I got the whole system for $750. Then when we turned a conference room into an office, I got the LM1's for free and used them as the surround back to make 7.2.
And when the company moved to a new building, there were going leave some stuff behind, what were they thinking? So due to this move, I got my hands on my current two channel speaker system which consists of four Cello Amati's, double stacked into a stereo pair along with the Cello Strings II speaker cables that were made by Mark Levinson when he installed the Amati's. I got all of this for free. Now the woofer surrounds were shot and I had them re-done at Orange County Speaker. All twelve grills were missing as these were behind a speaker grill wall in one of the edit bays so I built custom frames and covered them with speaker grill cloth and now I have a killer speaker set up for about $500.
Last weekend I was at T.H.E. Show and found a great company called Wavetouch Audio and am going to try their bookshelf speakers, they sounded really nice, can't wait to try them here. Their a new up and coming speaker company and their built right here in L.A.
I really love A/V gear and I end up keeping most of it, it's really hard to let any of it go, but sometimes I do. In the meanwhile, I'm going to keep enjoying all this great gear that I've been very fortunate enough to behold.