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Noobs first system - Where do I start?

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Posted in the greeting section so "Hi' to anyone that hasn't read it. I am noob in hi-fi systems. I have communicated with a number of friends and professionals who have been super helpful but wanted to get input here as well. (If there is a similar thread ( I did search but nothing came up for noob system) please feel free to link me to it). I would like to build a system for my 216 sqft living room (15 x 16 with one angled wall) . My budget ranges from $3 to $5 k depending on the components and I am hoping to build my own speaker boxes (experienced craftsman) with decent drivers an cross overs sourced form idk where. Knowing very little to nothing about speaker design I would likely go with a tried and true design or from plans that someone else has had success with. Biggest question other than speaker design/part sourcing is, where the hell do i start? Build around an amp? Music preference? Room size? Component availability at a given budget? I can easily see my budget growing as my interest and involvement grows (shh... don't tell my wife) . I am very analytical and definitely plan to visit friends, shops and shows to listen to what people are doing. My preferred listening would range from a jazz trio to Zappa volume turned to 11 to orchestral music. I really want to hear separation and accuracy. I am open to all input sources: building an analog (vinyl) library, clarity of cd and convenience of streaming (tidal MQA interests me). Any book s you can suggest or other online resources would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

 


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