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  1. #21
    Join Date: May 2015

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    My first 'Hi-Fi' bought with my own cash in 1985 was a horrendous Sony stack thing coupled with some actually quite nice Celestion Ditton 130's. Which I should mention are still in use at my brothers place as I type. Bought from Richer Sounds in 1988 my first 'proper' Hi-Fi if I can say that, was a NAD 3130 amp and a pair of AR 12 or 112 bookshelf speakers. I can't remember if they were 12 or 112? I can't remember either what CD player I had back them. No photographs I'm sad to say, but lots of fond memories!

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    Join Date: Jan 2017

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    I wish I had a picture of it. I wouldn't call it proper either, but I loved it.

    I had a huge Panasonic all in one that I gutted, and filled with parts I tore out of consoles. It had a Fisher tuner/preamp, and Garrard RC 88/4 on the top. A couple of rusty 6F6G based mono blocks on either side. I think they were both made by RCA, but they came out of different consoles so they didn't match. Finalized with some monster 3way Pioneer speakers with 15s that were probably early 80's models. I was probably 9 or 10.

  3. #23
    Join Date: Aug 2009

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    Fisher amp, from the 'Studio Sound' range. They called it that because it wasn't. Fisher speakers and a Tensai belt drive TT.

    No pictures, I could barely afford to eat back then let alone own a camera, buy film for it and pay for it to be developed.

    I sold the TT to one of my brothers and the amp and speakers to someone else. Replaced the TT with a Kenwood linear tracker and the speakers with some enormous Studio Power 4 ways with metal cones. Little did I know it but this was to be the first of many, many, piss-poor hi-fi buying decisions.

    It occurred to me a few years back to recreate the original system and I occasionally check eBay, but whilst Fisher amps come up quite often it is never the exact one I used to have. My brother might still have the turntable. The speakers I've probably got bob hope but they were arguably the worst bit of the system anyway.
    Martin



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    Sony X505ES CD Player * NVA P90SA passive pre / NVA A30 Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *



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    Join Date: Oct 2008

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    Amstrad Reciever (lots of dials...even had a rumble filter felt dead important....)
    Solavox speakers from Comet
    QED 79 strand (after thinking I was all audiophile and not using that bell-wire rubbish)
    My Dads Bush cassette boombox I spliced an old phono cable from its 5pin din output (clever at the time) to the Amstrads inputs...

    how did it work, no idea, just tried it and saw if it worked!

    The folks had an Amstrad 'Tower of Power' in the living room with seperate speakers, remember them going on holiday and me moving the speakers further apart thinking Hmnnn, that sounds better.
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    Early I didn't have a system as such. I had a reel to reel. Can't remember for sure the make but may have been philips or grundig. Had built in speakers. And I had an old multi band valve radio. Huge old thing picked up the world I loved both


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  6. #26
    Join Date: Aug 2016

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    No pictures but first system was a mono valve amp built by my elder brother and an SP25 deck.

    First stereo amp was one sold by RTVC on Tottenham Court Road

    First proper system

    Pioneer SA-7500, Pioneer PL-12 Deck and small Warfedale speakers (possibly diamonds IIRC)

    That Pioneer amp is the one thing I regret getting rid of.
    Current setup Thorens TD-160 Mk1 with Denon DL-110 MC Cartridge, Pioneer A-70 Amp, Yamaha AX-592 Amp, Yamaha CDX-710 CD Player, Pioneer PD-4300 CD Player, Monitor Audio Bronze 5 speakers, Van-Damme Cables throughout.

  7. #27
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    I'm Paul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazjam View Post
    Solavox speakers from Comet
    QED 79 strand (after thinking I was all audiophile and not using that bell-wire rubbish)
    Wow

    That's freaky.
    I had Solavox and I bought them from Comet and I also bought some QED79 and thought exactly the same thing !

    Add a Pioneer PL-12D and a beefy Technics receiver with a groovy flywheel and you're there
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul-H View Post
    First stereo amp was one sold by RTVC on Tottenham Court Road.
    I remember RTVC. They moved from Edgware Road to Uxbridge Road Acton for a few years and then back to Edgware Road on the opposite side. I knew Lesley who ran the place quite well and bought an awful lot of stuff from him. Mainly speaker drive units.
    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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    A Panasonic music center. Tape, LW, MW, FM radio, turntable. All silver and lovely. I added a CD player to it. Then the slippery slope happened

    No pictures, I binned it a few years back.

    After that Ariston Q Deck, Goldring 1022, Rotel 820A, Rotel 850AL tuner, Kenwood tapedeck, Celestion Ditton (can't remember the model, small bookshelf type) and a few rubbish CD players ending up with a Marantz 273se. Speaker cable was bell wire until I replaced it with Audio Spec Latitude.

    I then ended up working as a Saturday boy in a HiFi shop.... then I fell off the cliff
    Regards Neil

    System 1: AMG Giro turntable, AMG 9W2 tonearm, Air Tight PC3 cartridge, Passlabs Xono phonostage, AMG Reference armcable. Accuphase DP57 CD player, Marantz SA7 SACD player, Sony HAP Z1es Digital File Player + Audioquest Jitter Bug, Veracity Mystra DAC + Dell Laptop + iFi i power + JKenny JKSPIDIF, Wireworld Starlight USB + Audioquest Jitter Bug, for computer audio, Audio Valve RKV2 headphone amp, headphones Grado GS 1000, Balanced Audio Technology VK300se integrated amplifier, Anthony Gallo Reference 3.1 speakers. Cabling: Signal - Audience AU24, Analysis Plus, Atlas Mavros, Speaker - QED Genesis Silver Spiral. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, Analysis Plus, TCI. Mark Grant distribution blocks, Equipment tables Target Audio B series.

    System 2: Loricraft Garrard 401 turntable + SME 5 tonearm + VDH MC10 cartridge + Graham IC70 tonearm cable, Modified Technics 1200 turntable + Triplannar 7 tonearm + VDH Frog Gold cartridge + Paul Hynes SR7 PSU, SME Model 20 turntable + Graham Phantom tonearm + Ortofon MC5200 cartridge + Graham IC70 tonearm cable, Balanced Audio Technology VK10se phonostage, Moon Andromeda CD player, Esoteric P5 SACD transport and P 5 DAC, Toshiba 9500 DVD Audio player, AMR DP777 DAC + HP laptop + iFi i power + Wireworld Starlight USB - for computer audio, Kenwood 8300 tuner, Revox B760 tuner, Magnum Dynalab signal sleuth, Leak Troughline tuner + EAR Stereo decoder, Revox B77 mk 2 & Revox A77 mk3 reel to reel recorders, Balanced Audio Technology VK52se pre-amplifier, Music Reference RM200 mk1 power-amplifier, Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 speakers. Cabling: Signal/Speaker - Atlas Mavros. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, TCI. Mains distribution blocks Mark Grant and Russ Andrews, Equipment tables Clear Light Audio.

  10. #30
    Join Date: Aug 2009

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    I'm Martin.

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    I was a Saturday boy in Gateway stacking the dog food isle. Never made me want to buy dogs, though.

    Not sure I can count my first system as a 'proper' hi fi system. That was a few years later when I had traded up to Systemdeck IIX/ Nagaoka MP30/ Denon PMA250 (the first one, the later versions were undistinguished mug-punter fodder) and Wharfedale CRS3 on sand filled Apollo stands.

    That was a good system, owned and heard a lot worse since then at ten times the money and more.

    Never used bell-wire.
    Martin



    Current Lash Up:

    Sony X505ES CD Player * NVA P90SA passive pre / NVA A30 Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *



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