What got me started...

It was a rig exactly like this that got me started with hi-fi. My neighbor sold it to me for $50 in 1975'ish. It came with 2 nice Fisher speakers as well:

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Source: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound HCA-1500A | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero/8TC; DH Labs D-75 | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM

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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 17,874
    Well, darn it...this was suppose to be posted in Vintage Stereo thread...
    Source: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound HCA-1500A | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero/8TC; DH Labs D-75 | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • LegenderLegender Posts: 335
    Had a similar experience with a Fisher combo system in the late 70s. Been up hill ever since then.
    Music: Marantz AV7005 - Yamaha MX1000 - Denon BDP-1911 - SDA 3.1
    Theater: Denon 3808 - B&K 7500/Emotiva XPA-3- RTi12, CSi5, RTiA7x4, PSW505
    Sleeping: Denon 1906 - Harman Kardon 2400 - SDA 2
    2 Channel: Parasound JC-2, Parasound JC-1; Oppo 103; PS Audio Perfectwave DAC, Polk LSiM705, SVS SB13 Ultra
    Office: Dell Optiplex, Emotiva XDA-2, Adcom 5500, LSiM 703
    Spares: Yamaha CA-810; LSi 15; Kenwood Basic M2a, Yamaha M60/M80
  • delkaldelkal Posts: 64
    edited November 20
    You gotta love the old school record loader. Modern technology let you put 5-6 albums stacked on top. Then they will drop 6 inches on the spinning album under it. You didn't have to even leave the couch.

    It must have been well ahead of its time! They don't make em like that today...... :wink:
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,296
    delkal wrote: »
    You gotta love the old school record loader. Modern technology let you put 5-6 albums stacked on top. Then they will drop 6 inches on the spinning album under it. You didn't have to even leave the couch.

    It must have been well ahead of its time! They don't make em like that today...... :wink:

    There were even better record stackers, though, you know?

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    :)
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • Tony MTony M Posts: 3,439
    I bought a Fisher Receiver and cassette deck and TT from a catalogue at work. It was a pretty nice set. I even made a custom wood tower to house them in. I still have the tower and TT.
    I should still have the receiver but tossed it after one of the capacitors leaked. The cassette decks solenoids quit working and a repairman said, no way to fix it. Part to fix it didn't exist anymore. I really liked that C. Deck and receiver too. I'll post a pick of the custom wood tower I made some day. I put a disassembled make-up mirror above the TT. Just the guts and lights and switch. I then covered it with a cut piece of that prismatic plexi-glass that went into a drop ceilings 2x4 grid.

    A lot of people loved that custom tower over the years. Now it collecting dust in bowels of my man-cave with Rotel gear stuck in the slots where the Fisher rec. and C. deck were.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies . I am glad to be a part of a select group that tries to take our auditory and visual senses to a higher level: we EXPERIENCE them.... GOT SDA?... Got TFM ?
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 17,874
    My first cassette deck was a Pioneer CT-F500.
    Source: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound HCA-1500A | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero/8TC; DH Labs D-75 | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,752
    IN 6th grade my parents bought my this: begr4abs8mhm.jpg

    and then in 7th grade they bought me this: zpgab6cmdafl.jpg

    Later in high and into college I mainly played live music, and that is where all my money when (guitars and amps). After being married a few years, my mom gave me $500 for my birthday. My wife said why don't you save up for a bose surround system? I thought that was an AWESOME idea, until I started researching and found out that people who know don't buy bose. So I bought a pair of Polk Monitor 30s, a CS1, and a PSW10. Its all been downhill from there, and my wife wishes she would have just let me buy a desk!
    HT Rig:
    Yamaha RX-A1010; Parasound HCA-1000a; Arcam rDac; Mains: PSB Imagine Mini + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Def Tech Procenter 1000; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; Sony BDP-S390, FireTV gen 2

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Audiosource Amp Two, Dynaudio Emit 10, NHT Super One CI, ACI Titan subwoofer, FireTV, Arcam rDac; Bryson BPD-1
  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 1,632
    Cool "stackers"...
  • JstasJstas Posts: 13,543
    George Grand sold me a pair of KLH 17's that he got from RuSsMaN in a bum deal. He also gave me a broken dbx CD player that I repaired.

    That, along with an 8 watt per channel tube amp I built and an Oinker pre-amp and tuner separates I got from some lady selling off her husband's stuff in a divorce sale.

    That was my start.

    Unless you count the almost a decade of car stereo stuff I was doing prior to that.

    That dbx CD player worked until last summer when I turned it on, heard an electrical *:SNAP:* and the entire front panel transport including the LCD screen stopped working.
    You're just jealous 'cause the voices don't talk to you!
  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,017
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    and then in 7th grade they bought me this: zpgab6cmdafl.jpg

    Cool...same store I bought my HCA-1200II from...nice local vintage place, they make sure what's sold is ready to go.
    Living room: Samsung UN55KU7000 4K UHD HDR 55 inch TV, Marantz CD6004, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Parasound zPhono, Mac Mini, Oppo BDP-93, XBox One S 2Tb, Kenwood DPX792BH car deck for radio purposes, Marantz SR5010 AVR, Parasound HCA-1200II, Front SDA 2 modded with Larrys Rings and RD0-194-1 tweeters, Rear Onkyo SKF-4800 Towers, Center CSiA6, BOOM Tannoy TS2.12 Sub, Audioquest Evergreen interconnects just about everywhere except from AVR to amp, MIT Terminator 4, MIT AVT3 speaker cables with extra terminals covered up Monitor 5 Jr+ in the wings for a center channel.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 3,439
    ^^^^^^
    I've owned that same JVC player for years.
    I like how it sounds and functions.

    I have many CD players. I just felt like there hasn't been an urgent need to replace that one system's CD player with one of the many more expensive ones that I own.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies . I am glad to be a part of a select group that tries to take our auditory and visual senses to a higher level: we EXPERIENCE them.... GOT SDA?... Got TFM ?
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,602
    When I joined this forum, I had a Yamaha RX-v883 and a pair of Polk Monitor 50's...

    My first setup was a Radio Shack all in one from 1982. My introduction to audio as a hobby were some Heathkit DIY gear that I watched my uncle make during the early 70's.

    I could not even dream my experience with audio would have me building my very own set of tubes at the level they are, and a turntable of the caliber that resides in my rig.

    This forum is directly responsible for the quality of my system, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, I would like to say how grateful I am to all of you.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono twin chassis phono preamplifier, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo BDP-95 Bluray, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 494
    I inherited this from my mother in the early 80's, and haven't looked back since. I ran it with some Jensen 6x9 triax car speakers in homemade boxes - man, I thought that system was cool:-)

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    Too much stuff to keep track of.

    Currently enjoying: Legacy Focus 20/20, McCormack DNA 225, Bill D C1, Oppo 105
  • Polkaguy58Polkaguy58 Posts: 281
    I started off with a Sears Silvertone suitcase mono record player that my sister's handed down to me.
    It was white, with a red interior and had a 5x7 speaker.
    From there, I got myself a Panasonic reciever with 3 round green & red dials that looked liked they belonged on the dash of a 65 Thunderbird.
    It had 6" full range "Air Suspension" speakers that I hung from my walls.
    Then Railroad Salvage had a sale on Clarion recievers and Webcor speakers, so that was mt first decent sounding rig.
    (It got blown up after a nasty beer spill)
    I finally saved up for an Onkyo A-5 integrated amp, Pioneer tuner and a CTF2121 cassette deck, matched with a pair of Bolivar speakers.
    That's a system I still wouldn't mind having again.
    There were 30 or 40 more after that..........................................
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 3,958
    My journey began in 1982. Technics 45 wpc Reciever, dual cassette and linear tracking TT, mated to a pair of Bose 301s. I would record an album and then never play it again unless i had to. Still have most of the cassettes.
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