I’ve been a Home Theater enthusiast since 1993. I started like most people at a big box retailer shopping price and upgrading as components became obsolete (which was all of the time). Then I stopped in HiFi Buys Nashville and spoke with the sales staff who introduced me to components that last much longer, sound and work much better, work all of the time, and if I decide to upgrade the resale price is very high. If I were to do it all over again I would rethink my financial strategy and shop sales events at HiFI Buys at first to get going and then buy a piece at a time.
Overall its cheaper to buy a more expensive item up front and keep it compared to a cheaper item and deal with problems and frequent replacement.