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Old 12th December 2002, 04:28 PM   #1
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Default Your First System

Maybe this has been posted already, but I was just a little curious...
What was everybody's first stereo (or "hi-fi", there may be some here who pre-date stereo) system? How old were you? How did it get you interested in audio?

I am 27, so mine isn't exactly "classic". When I was about 8, my parents bought me a Marantz receiver, tape deck, turntable, and some speakers for Christmas. I had already wore out 2 or 3 of those cheap record players, and was continually messing with my parents system- recording cassette copies of lps to play back on my portable panasonic cassette player (used to carry it everywhere) that I got after my sister "rinsed off" my portable AM radio while swimming at the lake.
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The receiver: Marantz SR221- your basic 40wpc stereo receiver. It is still working- my dad is running his TV through it. It has never even been recaped!
Cassette- basic Marantz single well- analog counter, mechanical mechanism, dolby B. Dual record level dials.
Turntable- Marantz direct drive with AT (i think??) cartridge.
Speakers- two way- 10" woofer- 3" cone tweeter. Trying to remember the name- RTR I think. Closed box. Great bass (even if a little exaggerated)
It wasn't a bad sounding system at the time (wasn't great, but for an 8 year old?). By the time I was starting high school, I had managed to collect about 150 LP's, bought with newspaper delivery route and birthday money. My parents have always been really supportive of my passion for music. I hope to be able to pass it on to my kids some day (if they're interested, of course).
Sorry if this is cheesy- just thinking about Christmas' past, you know?
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Old 12th December 2002, 05:04 PM   #2
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Well, I went over the edge pretty darn quick. Back around 1972 I bought a Sony 6045 receiver and hooked it up to a pair of old HH Scott speakers, additional inputs were a Sony 7" reel to reel and pioneer turntable.

Two years later is was all replaced by a used system, state of the art for the time. MacIntosh pre-amp/tuner, Mac poweramp,
KLH-9 electrostats, Transcriptors hydraulic reference TT and a new Revox 77 reel to reel. Kept that system for many years.

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Old 12th December 2002, 08:43 PM   #3
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mine was a Pioneer SX838 (which has a great tuner, I still own it), AR3a's, DUAL turntable -- the latter two pieces are gone in the mysts of time.
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err... hehe

It was something my grandmother was having. I still hae som component of it.

The most important part of it is that it was my first experience with a turntable. Fall in love the indtant I've made a sound come out of it. Wasn't a good one so I can imagine what a good TT sound like.
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Old 12th December 2002, 09:50 PM   #5
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My first "store bought" system was all Dyna and AR: PAS 3 and ST-70 (kits), A-25, and AR-XA. IIRC, I was using a Stanton cartridge. I upgraded the speakers to Rectilinear IIIs, then added another pair when quad came along.

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Old 12th December 2002, 10:24 PM   #6
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Default First that I can remember!

This was a Garrard SP25 Mark VI, through a Rogers Cadet III integrated valve amp, with some baby Wharfedales (pre-Diamonds). This was about age 15. It took just eight years to get to a Linn LP12 and Naim amps, via a great many changes. The word upgrade did not apply to some of those changes.

A word about manufacturers model improvements, the Mark VI Garrard was quickly replaced by a friend's Mark II which sounded, IMHO, far better. It must have been quite a few years older too! Everybody's ears are different!!

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my first "very own" system i assembled in 1995 while in music school... a pair of Tannoy 605 2-way monitors, Rega Brio integrated amp, Radio Shack Optimus CD-3400 discman (cult favorite at the time), and homemade cables. everything wound up being modified within a couple months, so the DIY bug bit me early. apart from the Radio Shack i still have everything, i use the Rega as my rear channel amp. still good-sounding stuff. hmm, wonder what i did with the Optimus, i can't recall...
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Old 12th December 2002, 10:45 PM   #8
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Celestion Ditton 100 mk II speakers, Dual 505 TT, and a NAD 3040 amp.

Of which I still have the speakers left, I gave the NAD away, and the Dual got trashed in a house move.

Ahh... Those were the days... I could carry all my system round in one go when moving, now I can't even carry one side of the bass and mid/ high cabinets at once
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yeah, my system used to be very portable, the cd player, amp, and all cables fit in my backpack and the speakers are not so big. a simpler time... i might even argue i enjoyed the music even more back then than i do now. audiophile neurosis is a terrible disease.
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My first system was a Hitachi receiver stereo system I bought in high school back in the late '60's (the time had just past when they would advertise how many transistors were in a piece of equipment). I also bought a Garrard turntable with a Shure phono cartridge. The cartridge wouldn’t work until I bought a Sherwood tube phono pre-amp. The music was like magic.

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