First, I hope this is the right forum to post in. As a relative audio neophyte, I'm interested in maximizing my system in my budget but struggle with where to start. I've long had a fairly large collection of vinyl, cd's and digital music that I've listed to through low end bose bookshelf speakers. After spending too much time with two friends who very nice sytems I've become convinced it's worth spending some time and money on my setup. In particular I have a friend whose system I particularly admire and while I know I won't reach it in my budget I do believe I can have a pleasant listening experience. His setup is Sansui XR-Q7 TT > Sansui G9700 receiver > two ADS L980 speakers on custom stands. As someone on a budget it's very hard to know where to start and without a way to demo things with my setup in my space it seems the best way to go is to get advice from y'all and just bite the bullet and spend time listening and finding something that my ears like, knowing that some flipping of gear will happen. Here is my current setup: Dual 1237 TT w/ Shure M95ED > Panasonic SA-700 ss receiver > Technics SB-CR33 speakers I listen primarily though my TT but also play cd's and digital music through an old mac mini that I use as a media server. I listen primarily to 70's and contemporary jazz, soul, hip hop, 'indi' rock and a selection of classic country. I spend the vast majority of my listening with jazz. While I do want a quality setup and am someone who likes to learn the intricacies of things I own (generally performing my own labor) I am not a gear head. I prefer to find something I really enjoy and spend time with it. Ultimately listening to music to me is far more enjoyable than shopping for new gear if that makes sense. Where in this setup do you think I would be best to upgrade first? Ideally I can throw $200 towards a new receiver in the coming months and I'd really like to replace the speakers with something more nuanced. The Technics are great given they're free -- they're loud but sound more like party speakers than anything that delivers something satisfying and detailed. Thanks ahead of time for info/opinions.