I bought a new stereo about 4 years ago after an impromptu bonus at work. It was quite fancy and cost a fair bit, but unfortunately it was a little too early for it's time. I never quite managed to get all the features working or at least working consistently. Syncing with my music collection was a real ball ache and getting it to bypass the firewall was hit and miss at best.
Anyway, my Christmas present from April this year is a new sound system for our new TV (see below). After a little thinking to get all the leads in the right place and a comical burst of max volume we're now all sorted. Bluetooth streaming of my music from a laptop, phone or tablet. Awesome!
The sound's not bad too.