Biggest "bang for the buck" audio gear you have owned(in your history)?

This is very subjective, and your opinion on your own systems/items is all that really counts.

From the beginning to now, these would fit that category for me: (in no order)

Original Large Advents
Dahlquist DQ-10
Conrad Johnson ART pre.
Original Monster interconnects and speaker wires.
Nakamichi SR-3a
AR Turntable
Audio Research LS-12
Magnepan 1.6
Magnepan 20
Wireworld Gold Eclipse III
Audio Technica Electret Condenser headphones 
Magnum Dynalab Etude and 108 tuners
Magnum Dynalab Receiver (original)
And in those "early days" special pressings and imported Jazz albums. 

There may be others I am forgetting, but these were very good items along my journey. 

DB Systems db-1A preamp, tone controls and power supply, bought used then upgraded.  
Jeff from Silversmith recommended this with an explanation that the common ground added extra length to the signal path and degraded the sound so a  $2.99 3 to 2 prong ungrounded adapter would provide similar benefits as a high end power cord and that many cords actually  just remove the ground.

I finally dug up an adapter and inserted it between the poser conditioner and the wall.

Worked for me.  It's bigger with a quieter background similar the the change his $1200 speaker cables made on a demo I listened to.  I don't own his speaker cables but will buy him a beer if we meet up again.
$3 improved the sound more per dollar than any improvement I’ve added. That’s a pretty big bang.

Your right it belongs in the biggest bang for $3 bucks
Back to the beginning...
1-AR turntable
SME 3009 tonearm w Shure V15 Type III
Hafler DH-220
Spica TC-50s
Dynavector 10X5 MKII MC cartridge
Oppo BDP-93 3D Blu-ray Player
Magnepan MG-1.5QR
2-Linn Klassik (office system)
Grado SR 60, 80, 225, 325 (office system)