I was sitting here thinking....and I could be talking out of my arse (as is the case a lot)...but it seems that most folks labor under the impression that a good 2 channel separates system has to cost an arm and a leg.
I for one think that it just isn't so with the plethora of QUALITY used items out there you can build a good mancave 2 ch rig very inexpensively....
In my situation:
Dahlquist DQ-10's - 280
Carver m1.5t - 250
Adcom SLC-505 - 75
AMC cd8b - 175 (new)
Signal cable interconnects - 60
14 ga lampchord - 10 bucks, maybe
All in, I got 850 in the whole rig......not bad I think.....
Point is, I think that folks can do it, and do it on a budget...