£3000 system equal to £50000+ ? Stereophile recommended components say yes!
Perusing http://www.stereophile.com/content/2013-recommended-components I was surprised to see that their Class A components, acknowledgedly the best irrespective of price, have a few affordable items among the expensive and esoteric:
Amp - Exposure 2010S2 - around £900
CD Player - Rega Apollo-R around £546
Speakers KEF LS 50 - about £800
These components should be the "Best attainable sound for a component of its kind, almost without practical considerations; "the least musical compromise." A Class A system is one for which you don't have to make a leap of faith to believe that you're hearing the real thing."
So you don't have to spend a fortunes to have a stunning system after all.