Some advice would be greatly appreciated:
My girlfriend is getting rid of her old receiver/tapedeck/CD player system and is porting all of her CDs over to iTunes and her iPod. As part of the changeover, she wants to get a new stereo system to hook the iPod up to, and also wants some remote speakers hooked up to the same system (to put in the kitchen and bedroom).
What's amazing is that with as much as I know about music technology, I know very little about consumer home stereo systems. Years of apartment living have made me a headphones/car music listener! So I've been doing research, and I've figured out I don't necessarily need a system built FOR the iPod, but I will want something compatible. I've been overwhelmed by the options out there, so I'd appreciate some advice or recommendations.
My girlfriend's rules are:
1. Must be of good sound quality, but doesn't need to be any kind of super hi-fi system (she told me to tell you guys she's "a layperson, not a musician").
2. The main speakers must be powerful enough to fill a couple rooms, but not so thumpingly loud as to annoy the neighbors in the condo below.
3. The system must be compact and colored white or silver- minimalist design is best. You know how girlfriends/wives are. *sigh*
4. Her budget is around $500.
I realize I could get one of those systems custom built for iPods, but they tend to get bad reviews and have too compact speakers for our purposes. Any help from you audiophiles would be greatly appreciated!