Good suggestions from above, but it depends on what type of music you listen to and how much power you desire. I'm into many kinds of music, but I'm primarily a rock and roller. The systems mentioned above focus on front end components more and are a little underpowered for my taste. I think you could spend a lot less and still get great sound. I've been through many power amps, Bryston 3b, Aragon 4004MKII, Nad 208 THX, B&K EX 4420 and Sunfire 300 x 2 stereo, but I just picked up Rotel's new RB-1090 power amp. It's 380 x 2 and lists at $2000.00, but can easily be found for $1600.00. This amp betters all I mentioned in all areas, especially power. It offers extreme control, power and detail and I beleive is one the best values in audio. Stereophile reviewed this piece earlier this year and they raved about it. Check out cd players from Cal Audio, the Icon MKII w/power boss, Stereophile's referece cd under $1500.00. I picked one up used for $600.00 on this site and am still surprised at the performance. It's not Wadia, but you won't lose as much as you might think, except for your pocket book. Rotel also makes a 995 preamp which I've auditioned and is outstanding for $800.00 list. Check out on audioreview.com for more info. I own a B&K MC 101, which I love, but is no longer made. I see them used for $300.00 to $500.00. Excellent preamp for money, very nuetral. Interconnects, I use all Straightwire Rhapsody and wouldn't use anything else,(120.00 per meter). With all your savings, you could easily have $3000.00 left over, look at Proac Response Series Loudspeakers. Again, highly reviewed by Stereophile. Unbelievable soundstage and bass response, along with beautiful fit and finish. Many models and prices, but look at Response 1.5 which I think lists at $3000.00. I'm amazed everytime I listen to them. This system would offer tons of dynamics and power, along with very good detail.