In the early nineties, mini and midi systems came along. These weren’t cheaper than ‘proper hifi’, just smaller. Next cam micro systems, even smaller with some having very good sound (room size dependant) Then 3 grand became 2 grand and eventually $299 was the benchmark to pay for a ‘stereo’. Well it can’t be done. There is though, a few companies who rather specialise in this area and offer great sound and featured for a modest outlay and a speaker upgrade is always a worthwhile option.