Remarkable systems on a budget

I recall reading interviews of equipment designers stating how it is much easier to design equipment at high price points, but to make equipment for the budget minded audiophile was tougher due to the limitations related to including less expensive electronic parts.
Was wondering what systems have been assembled on a budget and represent remarkable performance.
Does the system sound organic and easy to listen to for long periods.
Exotic is welcome I just don't get exposed to it enough.
I should have bought stocks in bungee international, not only do I use bungees in my stereo but on my way to work down hill I tie some bungees to the rear of my car and would you believe now we have a surplus of petro.
By the way those Jbl's are remarkable for the money!
Oppo 981/Winsome Labs Mouse/Radio Shack LX-5 IIor LX-10/Parts-Connection IC/HD-14 SC.Under $1000.
229/419/85 or 160/80/15.If you want phono,maybe another $3-400.NAD/CJ Walker or Rebel??
It has taken me a while to put together, but my system comes in a just under $2K for everything and I am very happy with the results if you care to take a look.

I am sure there are better, but I feel very fortunate.