Its only in the last six years I've actually regarded Hi-Fi as a sort of hobby and thats purely because of the forums , up till then I've had little in variety of kit.
Early 70's and my very first purchase , JVC JR S 100 Receiver :
I had to wait a bit before I could buy some speakers , so I'd just turn it on and marvel at the blue lights
A pair of Leak 3020 speakers came about a month later :
So I listened to Radio , all records where down stairs played on my parents Garrard radiogram.
My 21st birthday and a Turntable , a Leak 3001 and an AT cartridge :
About a year later and an Aiwa Cassette Deck , AD6300 :
And that was it for about 13 years when a cheap Technics CD player was added, bought on the high street from a samll shop that sold white goods , can't remember the model. Coming up : Big change was made in 1991 with a house move, next.
I had the JVC for 40 years , not in use of course just for sentimental reasons , I tried to fire it up and it kept blowing fuses , beyond economic repair so it went to the tip. So did the T/T which I regret as it only had a broken belt but CD was in and my vinyl had been in the loft for ten years. The Leak 3020 speaker mountings perished - tip. The Aiwa went for a tenner in the early days of e-bay , another mistake it was mint The Technics CDP - tip.
Nice! What did the receiver and speakers cost - can you remember?
Yes the receiver was £125 and the speakers £95, The turntable was also £125 because that was my allowance for my 21 st. The Aiwa deck was £169 and I think the Technics CDP was possilbly around £175 it was bottom of the range but new "magic" technology.
Just had a re-think and it was 1976 that I got my first amp the JVC in the OP. 2008 and a house move , 32 years and I'd had 2 amps , 2 sets of speakers , 2 CDP's and a T/T. A room at my disposal approx 4x3m , no speakers I sold the Missions before we moved so just the Arcam CD and Amp , a friend of mine mentioned Hi-Fi forums to get some advice on speakers to go close to the wall. This resulted in :
Rega RS1's and some Atacama stands.
By 2010 the forum surfing had took effect , Arcam's gone , Rega Mira 3 amp , Rega p2 T/T and as I'd got back into vinyl I bought a 300Disc CDP basically to store my CD's although I did add an old CA DAC Magic II.
And very happy I was too , and then I went to Scalford
2011 and I went along to the Hi-Fi show at Scalford Hall , I didn't really enjoy it , tired from the journey , didn't know anybody and I couldn't relate to any of the euipment on show , it all sounded good and I realised when I got home it all sounded amazing ! A plus point was I won an old sad looking Thorens TD160 in the raffle. There is tons of info on this deck on the net , I stripped it down did all the recommended maintenance and easy mods and fitted a Denon dl110 cartridge.
I was very pleased with the results , I loved the sound it produced and the engineering that went into it. I bought lots of vinyl and enjoyed my set up for the next 10 months. (The Rega p2 was sold )
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2012 and alls good , TD160/DENON dl110 into the phono stage of the Rega Mira3 out to the Rega RS1's using Nordost Flatline Gold II , 10 months and no need to change anything.
Scalford Hall again the year of the Steve the Sawman , I stayed Sat night , much better, got to know people , saw loads of kit , hadn't got a clue what anyone was talking about , crossovers , SUT's And in the raffle I won a brand new Puresound p10 phono stage ! The P10 didn't do a lot for the sound over the Rega stage still a very easy , mellow , laid back listen. Near the end of the year I asked Guy from Puresound about my cartridge/p10 combo , he said it would be better with a MM maybe an Ortofon. Xmas and I bought an end of line Rega P3/24 and splashed out on an Ortofon 2M Black , excellent result , the sound opened up , lovely detail but not bright. The T/T became a spoiled child it got , a Groovetracer Ref. subplatter, dual pulley, silicone belts , Rega P9 feet , Isokinetik c/weight , Isokinetik platter , Michel clamp and finallt an Audio Origami rewire !
The P3/24 was my pride and joy , the vinyl playback well and truly sorted , finito....