I never thought of myself as an "audiophile", in fact I only learned about the term a few years ago. After a move I ended up with almost no audio equipment and had to rebuild from scratch. Starting with $10 PC speakers and a portable MP3 player, I realized how much I missed by old THX certified setup. In the quest for better audio equipment, I stumbled across the vintage receiver scene. I have a passable setup for my digital music collection right now (top of the line Logitech 5.1 + Lepy), but I'd like to get a hifi stereo system up and running asap. This is all new to me, and I've been reading up where I can on Marantz, Pioneer, Kenwood, Luxman and Sansui receivers from the 70's (I hadn't heard of Luxman or Sansui before). I'm going into this with only theoretical knowledge, reading up on the various forums here. I suppose any tips from the veterans would be great. My small budget is for both a receiver and speakers (say $500 to start), and don't need anything too powerful. I was considering a Marantz 2225 with some mid-range bookshelf speakers. What's the best bang for my buck for something that can soothe my ears? I plan on connecting CD's and streaming FLAC audio. With time, adding a turn-table and cassette deck. Would I need an equalizer or pre-amp? And do small modern speakers work with old receivers or would I need to get bigger speakers from that era to really get the nice sound?