Having owned hifi for years, and gradually replaced almost everything several times, I have the following opinions.
Take all reviews with a large pinch of salt. Take all personal opinions from people spending their own money with a smaller pinch.
Buy used, Save a fortune on new prices. Unless someone is offering a stonking deal on something special, which doesnt happen a lot.
Spend the most on speakers. Get something very very good used, for a fraction of the new price.
Spend the second most on amplification. You can buy a half decent amp used from about £75 and go from there.
Sources change all the time, cassette tape, cd, reel to reel, radio, record players, phone plug-ins, streamers, whatever, theres always something else coming along. Go easy here and you can add another source quickly, maximise your enjoyment. CD players have fallen out of favour, CDs can be had for pennies in charity shops and pawnbrokers like cash converters, now is a good time to buy something.
A quick look at the ads on this forum will tell you that I've got a spare pair of Ruark Crusader 2 speakers for sale. These are probably the nicest speakers that can be bought at any price. Delivery possible. Google them, see what others say, don't take my word for it, I would say that etc. I'm keeping my other pair. Full bottom end, rich mid, smooth top, you dont hear a tick-list of features, what you hear is music. As it should be.