When I was in high school, I used to read the audiophile magazines and they always debated about what Wagner recordings to listen to. Of course, they carried a very high price tag, so outside from a few PBS opera shows, I'm not very familiar with Wagner. I've heard some of the instrumental music from his operas, but I'm not very familiar with the Ring Cycle or any other of Wagner's operas.
Should I buy some recordings first? I remember a lot of reviews talking about how great the Solti recordings were and comparing them with various other recordings.
Should I start with DVDs? I've often heard that you really need to experience Wagner rather than listen to him.