What was the first hi-fi separates you brought with your own money?

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Tonestar1

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Marantz CD 5005
Technics SU-C800UM2 Pre and SE-A900S Mk2 Power Amp (open box from RS)
B&W 601 S2

Bought around the late 90s . Going from a JVC mini system to this set up was like night and day. It completely blew me away. Of course I blew both the speakers but still have them in the loft in case I ever want to attempt a repair :)
Technics power amp is running my front two speakers via pre out from my AV amp after a good 15 years in storage. Still looks pretty good to this day.





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robdmarsh

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Marantz CD 5005
Technics SU-C800UM2 Pre and SE-A900S Mk2 Power Amp (open box from RS)
B&W 601 S2

Bought around the late 90s . Going from a JVC mini system to this set up was like night and day. It completely blew me away. Of course I blew both the speakers but still have them in the loft in case I ever want to attempt a repair :)
Technics power amp is running my front two speakers via pre out from my AV amp after a good 15 years in storage. Still looks pretty good to this day.





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Awww.... nice!
 
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MeanandGreen

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I was very fortunate that during my teenage years for Xmas I usually got one HI Fi component. So before spending my own money on Hi Fi I already had a separates system.

However the first component I bought with my own money was my Sony CDP-XB930 CD Player in 1999, which actually still is a part of my main system today.
 

SteveR750

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SteveR750 how are you. Nice to see you old timers.
I'm good thanks pal. Been out / away from the hifi scene thing, it's an expensive and time sapping rabbit hole! Plus the pseudo science that is bandied around just gets wearing after a while, but it's interesting to see some familiar names still active in this forum. I'm half thinking of starting a thread on vintage analogue systems for the nostalgic elderly residents to get dewy eyed over!
 
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I'm good thanks pal. Been out / away from the hifi scene thing, it's an expensive and time sapping rabbit hole! Plus the pseudo science that is bandied around just gets wearing after a while, but it's interesting to see some familiar names still active in this forum. I'm half thinking of starting a thread on vintage analogue systems for the nostalgic elderly residents to get dewy eyed over!
Please do.... :)
 

abacus

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From memory (It was the 70s)

Garrard AP76 Turntable
Shure 75e pickup cartridge
Record cleaning arm?
Eagle AA6 amplifier
Heathkit 2 way speakers
Nikki FAM400 Tuner
Akai 35D cassette Deck
Akai 4000DS reel to reel
Tandy Headphones

Bill
 

TheDonald

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Pretty sure it was a Sony MDS-JE440 minidisc deck that I hooked up to my Aiwa minisystem via optical. Instantaneous copying was a revelation!
 

SteveR750

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I’m recycling what was already good enough! :) But I know better than to post on it!
Al is a terrier! It seems a more disciplined forum these days, unlike the dark days before it was closed down for a while. Is Trevor still lurking? He was an argumentative character but more often than not made good points!
 
Al is a terrier! It seems a more disciplined forum these days, unlike the dark days before it was closed down for a while. Is Trevor still lurking? He was an argumentative character but more often than not made good points!
TrevC is still around I think.
The new moderators attempt to keep things good and civil and within community rules etc but spam has become a bit of a nightmare and often appears when old treads are resurrected.
 

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