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My first 'hi-fi' consisted of....

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...a Garrard SP 25 Mk 3 with a Goldring G800 cartridge, an Amstrad Integra 4000 amp, and some awful no-name speakers. Yes, I was starting at the bottom (though I did convince myself at the time that everything sounded great!) Very pleased to join Stereonet and I hope to contribute to some of the discussions as time goes by.

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National SB400 Speakers, Kenwood KA-6000 and random Technics CD Player

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AMI Jorgen speakers - no idea who made these.  Marantz amp, turntable of some description (awful in retrospect), later added a Phillips CD player very early adopter.  The Phillips was very solid, weighing in around 7 kilos, with a steel tray and wooden cabinet.   The start of a very long journey that continues till today.

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Ar94 speakers, sony es integrated amp and cd player, dual semi auto turntable with ortofon om10 cartridge

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My first personal HiFi system was a Pioneer PL120 table. Sansui AUD55 Amp and Wharfedale E50's.

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Something that looked very similar to  this Akai MX100 mini system. Honestly does not qualify as hi-fi -  but it was what it were.......you are what you is......dis, dizzy, moni, phoney, fizzy....

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Plus an AKAI AP-X1 turntable purchased at a garage sale in the neighbourhood for a tenner (summer 97/98).

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The TT is still kicking in my 2nd system.

 

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National am/fm Radio with cassette player. Build in single mono speaker with record function. Big metal handle on the top to help with moving it around. 

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Garrard AP76 Turntable: Rogers Ravensbrook amp.: Goodmans Minister Speakers.

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As a kid it was some model of plastic 3in1 units with dual tape players. Then Dad gave me his Wooden cheeked Rotel integrated amp, Connoisseur TT and 3 way speakers which may have been Interdyn. I know he used to buy all his gear from Encel so a fair chance. I bought a Technics  CDP with my first full time pay cheque and then I stupidly traded it all in on some crap HT system from Radio parts.

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Kenwood KP-2022A t/t with an Empire cartridge, Monarch amp (model unknown) and a pair of JBL L26 Decades. The huge length of bell wire speaker cable provided was because my dad , when asked how much cable I needed, told the guy I would need lots as I was likely to take the speakers into the toilet with me.

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my very first bought with my own hifi...while still a school kid :D (took me a lot of working and saving !)

 

was a nad 7020e receiver

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and B&W 602 speakers.

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my first CD player was a first gen sony 570 Cd player....

 

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the nad was my first purchase when I picked it up at tivoli hifi taking it home on the tram ! used it with some hand me down sony speakers that i replaced the drivers with some Vifas... even tried Vifa kit all sounded horrible.... all went out on the strip... next purchase was the B&W 602... which were a great match for the nad. the sony CD was a ...must get one of those .... :D it was hard and shrill sounding as early Cd players were yet it had a lot of wow and slam and being the latest thing......and a quite a bit of my hard earned as a kid went into getting one of those ! eventually replaced it with a 2nd hand marantz 52SE (there is one in the classifieds) Belgium made and simply sublime it was ! 

 

we still have the nad and the B&W speakers and they are going fine....

 

my parents main system had the vinyl.... with a phillips deck and that got put away once CD came along....

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As an apprentice we built a 2.5 watt RMS stereo receiver, everything from etching the pcb to the tuning indicator (toothpick painted white).

16 ohm oval speakers.

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@Les_K nice intro post/ subject! 👍

 

Had too many systems to recall all but started on the road with some kit Phillips speakers I mountedon a baffle board - this progressing to speaker boxes I built and veneered in Walnut.

 

Ran it with a Hanimex cassette deck my folks bought for me in my early teens ,and two valve amps I cannabalized  from old radiograms.

Probably only a few watts output but a nice introduction to hfi !

 

I also remember buying very early on a Luxman L31 integrated amp, and Acoustic Research AR25 speakers. 

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First 'real' HiFi?  Dad's cast offs; Thorens TD124 with the matching Thorens arm, Shure V-15, Akai M-8 reeler also acting as my amp, driving Celestion CX1512s in home made TL enclosures.

 

Then I built my own 2 x 15w EL84 power amp and used the M-8 as a preamp.

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5 hours ago, zippi said:

Something that looked very similar to  this Akai MX100 mini system. Honestly does not qualify as hi-fi -  but it was what it were.......you are what you is......dis, dizzy, moni, phoney, fizzy....

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Plus an AKAI AP-X1 turntable purchased at a garage sale in the neighbourhood for a tenner (summer 97/98).

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The TT is still kicking in my 2nd system.

 

Yeah I had 1 of those AKAI hit boxes too :D with its record player. But Gotta say my first Hi FI System was a

 

  1. Marantz CD 63SE
  2. Marantz DCC 82
  3. Pioneer A400 Amp
  4. Orpheus Speakers

 

Still got it all :)  and works cept for the CD player laser. Luv that A400, can see why its in  “The best 19 stereo amplifiers of What Hi-Fi?'s lifetime” list :D

 

 

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Grew up with mini systems not unlike the Akai pictured above.. dark times 😅

 

First intro to hifi “sound” was probably an iPod shuffle (specifically chosen because of its superior DAC) paired with a Sennheiser PX100. The sound from these two was lush!

 

First proper system: NAD C320BEE + NAD C521BEE + Wharfedale Diamond 9.1.

 

Still using the NAD combo to this day, albeit with KEF Q350s. Can’t see any reason to upgrade.. yet.

 

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1978

Marantz 1180dc integrated.

Marantz HD66 speakers

Technics SL-23 t/table

Aiwa tape deck AD-6500.

 

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first stereo was an old radiogram i cut up and made seperate boxes for the amp and turntable, speakers were 8" twin cone in a square box with a sloping front, like i remember in schools for the PA's, though i was in heaven when i bought a Dual TT with a Shure M95ME cart, Kenwood 2002? amp amd Wharfdale 12" 3 way speakers 

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Thanks to all for making me welcome by responding to my first post! It's interesting to hear where it all started for people. On reflection, it started for me before I could afford anything at all. As a teenager I could be found in the newsagents eagerly thumbing through the hifi mags (but not buying them, much to the annoyance of the newsagent). I can still be found doing something similar (though I am more likely to buy the mags now).

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