Explanations, for the sticklers/OCD ppl: Strange increments/percentages in the poll? It's as granular as I could possibly make it considering the limitations of polls here (no more than 25 choices). My ideal/preferred percentages don't match up exactly with any poll choices. Just choose the poll options that's closest, or choose 'Other' and post what your percentages are. Your poll is WAY off. I really want to choose 1% sources, 1% amps, and 98% speakers, as God intended. You are a dangerously insane outlier, but you too can just choose 'Other' and post that. Are carts and DACs part of sources? Yup, I'd think so. Are phono stages considered amps? Yep, they are. Halp, I'm into receivers! The tuner section goes under sources, and the rest under amps (whatever you feel the $$ split should be for that). Are subwoofers part of speakers? Yes, unless they're active, in which case guess you could split them between speakers and amps if you really have to (OCD much?). And of course this assumes that you think everyone should have a sub. What about speaker cables? Part of speakers, I guess. Interconnects? Part of whatever they're connected to (from source to amp, split between those two, amp to amp is amp). Tone controls, equalizers? Heck if I know, man. Whatever you philosophically feel like. And should everyone have these? Room treatments? Racks? Sigh. Separate issues/added cost outside the scope of the poll. It can only do so much. Though I'd say a TT isolation platform would go to your Sources budget. The magic harmonic crystals that I put on top of all my components for better sonic performance? Shaddup. This poll is totally and completely invalid because 'it depends' and blah buh blah because blah (college PhD thesis follows). Uhh, maybe this poll isn't for you. Go on and make yer own. ps – I'll probably total up and average the percentages for each category from time to time, and post those results (on occasion). kthnxbai. .