best system for senior classical music listener
I am now retired and would like to enjoy my classical CD and LP collection. I have spent a lifetime listening on inferior equipment.
I know almost nothing about the new components that are now in the market. I can spend up to about $5-6000 for all components. I would like to be able to listen to CDs and LPs on equipment which is not too demanding to use, offers the best possible sound quality for the budget and is likely to last a long time. I do not want to have to replace components anytime soon.
Sound quality is the priority for classical music. Even someone with an average ear for music, like me, can tell the difference between good, indifferent and excellent sound quality.
I am also considering buying the new Cowon S9 MP3 player. I have never owned an MP3.
My system will need to play CDs, LPs, and let me hook up the MP3 player with the best sound possible for the budget. I don't think I need surround sound (do I?). I don't plan to convert CDs to audio files. Hooking up a TV or other video or DVD player is not a priority.
Whiat kinds of components do I need, and what are the best in my price range?
I would be most grateful for, and will diligently research, all suggestions.