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  1. #41
    Join Date: Nov 2014

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    I'm Oliver.

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    No Piccys but my 1st system in 1979 was :

    Hitachi DD turntable with shure 55ed (?) cartridge
    Rotel RA1412 (loved this amp, grab handles / VU metres looked the dog's, still used by my cousin)
    Wharfedale E50 speakers
    JVC analogue tuner
    JVC cassette deck
    JVC 7 slider graphic equaliser
    Bog standard IC's & 42 strand speaker cables

    Had lots of fun tweaking the sound to my tastes, and playing very loud with no close neighbours to annoy

  2. #42
    Join Date: Jan 2017

    Location: Kansas City, Missouri

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    I'm Nathan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Not many students had a hi-fi where I was. One bloke had Goodmans, another Toshiba. The fanciest system anyone had was a Mission/Cyrus with the Mission CD player. He moved to Manchester and immediately got robbed. They took the lot. I thought they'd done him a favour as it was even worse than the Toshiba set up but I never said anything to him.
    I was pretty set up by the time I went to college. I had a Marantz 2270, CD-63, 6300 table, and one of the ugly gold cassette decks that I don't remember the model # of. Klipsch Heresy speakers. It took up half of the dorm room.

    Everyone was ditching that stuff for all in one surround systems in the late 90's. I got most of it for free for wiring those up for people. It wasn't exactly audiophile grade but the cops showed up quite a few times.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gazjam View Post
    Think it was Fine Fare before that Grant?
    Hard to forget the naff yellow packaging!

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    I had one of these in my early teens and it sounded great

    Linn Sondek LP12, Ittok, A&R P77 > Musical Fidelity XLPS v3 Phono Stage
    Sony CDP-XE520 CD Player > SMSL Sanskrit DAC
    Pure DAB tuner
    Tisbury Mk.1 pre-amp > 2 x Meridian 205 monoblock power amps > Rega Jura Mk.2 speakers
    Grado SR80 headphones

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  4. #44
    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

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    My very first stereo came off the back of a dustcart. Literally! It had just been slung out and I scrounged it. It was an 'all in one' record player unit with a lift off second speaker, it worked OK too. Can't remember the make. That must have been about 1967.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

  5. #45
    Join Date: May 2015

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    Had a street find myself in the 80's. A very good pair of Kef Coda III speakers found in amongst the rubbish outside The Screen On The Green in Islington. Who knows, maybe they belonged to an AoS member!
    Turntable: Thorens TD160. Cartridge: Denon DL-110. CD: Arcam DV137. Streaming RPI with Audiophonics I-Sabre DAC and Chromecast Audio. Amplifier: Arcam Delta 60. Speakers: Adam Audio Artist 5 and Kef Reference 103. Cables: MS Audio/Klotz MC5000 and Fisual Hollywood Dark Twist.

  6. #46
    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    My very first 'hifi' wasn't exactly serious but I was the only one in the sixth form that had anything other than a music centre/record player !
    Pretty sure this was late 1977 or early 1978

    It comprised (ahem, from Comet) an Amstrad amplifier and separate turntable all attached to Wharfedale Linton speakers. Unfortunately no photos as far as I know, but I still have the Lintons (in the garage).
    Shortly afterwards I bought a top loading cassette deck from somebody I knew which later progressed to a Hitachi front loader. I can't even remember what make the toploader was. I don't have either of these but strangely I do have the box that the Hitachi came in: even more strange is the fact that my system now isn't much better than that

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    My first amp was an Eagle TSA(70) I think. A small wooden cased thing. I thought it was ok (15w per ch) but with hindsight what I thought was a problem with any speakers I had distorting, I realise now that it was probably the amp which must have been gutless. When you see what a 15w per channel Class D amp can do it is mind blowing. I had some spherical white globe speakers that I got off a mate for a song. They used to sell them in the Kings Road to go with B&O systems at silly prices, and of course the pinnacle of vinyl spinning excellence......a Garrard SP25MkII.
    I have the most wonderfully insightful and sublime hifi that it would embarrass me to put in writing exactly what it is.

  8. #48
    Join Date: Nov 2014

    Location: Leicestershire

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    I'm Mark.

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    Dual 505 TT, Naim NAC12S Pre, Quad 303 Power, Mission 780 Argonauts.
    The 'Pie In Ear' Tower System I had before this doesn't count..!!..


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  9. #49
    Join Date: Aug 2009

    Location: Staffordshire, England

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    I'm Martin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M6NTL View Post
    Dual 505 TT, Naim NAC12S Pre, Quad 303 Power, Mission 780 Argonauts.
    The 'Pie In Ear' Tower System I had before this doesn't count..!!..


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    Bit of an off the wall combo that.
    Martin



    Current Lash Up:

    Technics SL1200 with Sumiko h/s & Nagaoka MP50 * Firebottle valve MM phono stage * Parasound CDPi1000 * NVA P90SA passive pre / Krell KSA50S Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *



    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." - Hunter S Thompson

  10. #50
    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Bit of an off the wall combo that.
    Not kidding!

    I have a funny feeling the Naim might work rather well with the 303.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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