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Looking for a starter setup that can grow with time

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Long time luker, first time poster. I just introduced myself in the "introductions" thread and explained my mission. I didn't want to ask too many questions there since it's not really the place, so here's my followup post here.

About me: I love great audio, but lost all of my modern audio gear, so while I'm rebuilding, I'm considering setting up a vintage rig.

My knowledge in vintage audio: zip zero zilch... I only know what I read on this and other audiophile forums and from what I watched on youtube... so pretty much all theoretical stuff.

My plan: start with a small budget of say $500, for both a receiver and a set of speakers. Is that a good place to start? With time I'll add components and swap out for better components as well. I really don't need to blast music, so I don't need 100 wpc, but my taste in music is very diverse, so I need a setup that's good with all kinds of tunes. Since I don't own or know anyone that owns vintage audio, I don't know what sound I'm looking for. I know Luxman, Pioneer and Marantz have different tone/warmth, but youtube videos are pretty poor sources to hear the difference.

Can modern speakers be used with vintage receivers? If not, what speakers should I look for? Are monitors better? I know monitors give you a clear sound compared to "tuned" speakers.

As for receivers, what's a good model to start with. I know over the years I will probably upgrade it, but I'd like one that gives me a distinct sonic advantage over modern amps and receivers. Can I do that with my starter budget? Also I am drawn to Marantz for their aesthetic.

Should I spend more on the receiver and less on speakers, or roughly split 50/50?

Thanks in advance!

 


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