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    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Norfolk, UK

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    I'm Rob.

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    After well over 30 years of having Hi-Fi in my life in one shape or form, I was reminiscing about various systems I've had, and I started to think about the first 'proper' Hi-Fi system I ever had. I've been into Hi-Fi since I was eleven years old, but it took me a couple of years to scrape together some cash to buy some decent components.

    So, and this is a real time travel of a post; my first "system" comprised of (and thanks to Hi-Fi Engine for some of the hard-to-find images here)...

    Marantz CD-45 CD player




    Sony TC-FX120 cassette deck




    Thorens TD 150 mk2


    Pioneer SA-408 amplifier




    Tannoy Mercury S Gold speakers




    So gents and ladies (if there are any on here), your first systems please, with images if you possibly can!

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    I'm Grant.

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    not bad for a first system... i cant really remember what my first systems were.. first amp i got that was really good was a musical fidelity a1000.. first good tt was an hitachi, but not sure the model. also had a jvc linear tracker in late 80's
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    Join Date: Jan 2009

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    I'm openingabottleofwine.

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    First system, in 1966 was mono only, and comprised a Garrard SP25 Mk.II with a no-name ceramic/crystal cartridge, running into a home-built Mullard 5-10 amplifier (with a rudimentary pre-amp) that fed a DIY speaker made to a Wharfedale design (a 1.25 cu ft enclosure with a rear distributed port, housing a Wharfedale RS/8/DD drive unit).

    For the second system I built another 5-10 amp, a second speaker of the same design (for stereo) and fitted a Shure M3D to the Garrard.
    Barry

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    Oh yes, I forgot about my turntable!

    I had a Thorens TD 150 mk2. Added to the initial post.
    Main system:
    Ben Duncan Mains Conditioner > Mac mini running Fidelia / Samsung 55” TV > Audioquest Crimson USB / QED Reference Optical Quartz > Leema Acoustics Elements DAC > Chord Clearway XLR interconnects > Bel Canto Ref500S > Chord Clearway speaker cable with Clearway jumpers > B&W 683s > Audioquest SLiP Neutrik Speakon > BK Double Gem sub

    Music production system:
    iMac > Crystal USB > Audioquest Jitterbug > Arcam rDAC / Audiolab M-DAC > Edifier S3000 Pros / AirPulse A100s / Adam A7Xs

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    I'm Martin.

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    I had that same Sony tape deck. Although it wasn't my first one, that was a JVC.
    Current Lash Up:

    *Oppo BDT-101CI* Nelson Pass DCB1 / Krell KSA100 mkII * JM Lab Electra 926 *


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    I'm Steve.

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    I just dropped in, to see what condition my condition was in

    T/T: Inspire Monarch, X200 tonearm, Ortofon 2M Black. Phono: Yaqin MS-22B CD: Marantz CD6006 (UK Edition); Headphone/pre: Myryad Z40; Amp: Audion Silver Night 300b stereo
    Speakers: Zu Omen Def. Cables: Atlas Equator interconnects, Atlas Hyper 3.0 speaker cables

    T'other system:
    Echo Dot, Amptastic Mini-1, Celestion 5's, BK XLS-200 DF

    A/V:
    LG 55" OLED, Panasonic Blu Ray, Sony a/v amp, MA Radius speakers, REL Storm sub

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    I'm Alan.

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    Start at the very begining is a very good place to start ,

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    I'm Colin.

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    pioneer pl12d, shire m75ed. Leak 2030 speakers & a crappy Eagle amp!

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    Eagle? Who?
    Main system:
    Ben Duncan Mains Conditioner > Mac mini running Fidelia / Samsung 55” TV > Audioquest Crimson USB / QED Reference Optical Quartz > Leema Acoustics Elements DAC > Chord Clearway XLR interconnects > Bel Canto Ref500S > Chord Clearway speaker cable with Clearway jumpers > B&W 683s > Audioquest SLiP Neutrik Speakon > BK Double Gem sub

    Music production system:
    iMac > Crystal USB > Audioquest Jitterbug > Arcam rDAC / Audiolab M-DAC > Edifier S3000 Pros / AirPulse A100s / Adam A7Xs

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    I'm openingabottleofwine.

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    Rob is that a Mk.I TD150 shown? The Mk.II had an arm with a black spherical counterweight/
    Barry

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