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My early '80's system, and first components I bought... Onkyo Reciever, with Onkyo tape deck.  I had Bose 301 Series 2's as speakers.  Nice little system for a small dorm room.

 

 

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My first system was an '80s era Fisher component system from a local department store.  Had a Fisher CA 350 integrated amp, FM 550 tuner, a MT 6420 semi auto belt drive TT, rolling rack, and Fisher DS 177 speakers.  My mom put it on her store charge card, which she just paid off and told me the when she got the bill every month, it was my responsibility to pay it.  If she had to make one payment, the system was hers!  I think I paid over $700 back in the early '80s, and that was on sale!  That's what started me down the rabbit hole that I am currently in!  Thanks Mom!

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Just now, Receiver2000 said:

Now that is a cool story. Thank you!!!

I still have a CA 350 and FM 550 in my kitchen system.  Have a matching pair in the basement I am working on, and have started rebuilding a CA 550, the big brother to the 350

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Just found this thread again and wanted to make a correction.  I was talking with my twin brother this morning and he reminded me about the clock radio in our bedroom that was on the nightstand between our beds. We listened to it all the time and played it as loud as it would go before distorting terribly.

 

One day we decided that we wanted to improve on it to get bigger and better sound so I remember us opening it up and looking it over and saying hmmm, we can do this so we went to Radio Shack to buy some bigger speakers. We disconnected the speakers that came with the clock radio and hooked up our Radio Shack speaker upgrades. And it did,   it sounded better. Parents were not happy.

 

So, technically  that was my first stereo rig.

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Yah, Iwas thinking the same thing. My parents gave me a horrible record player with a tiny speaker in the all plastic cabinet. I put it inside of a larger enclosure and noted that how much I opened or shut the door of the larger enclosure affected the sound. That might be the first little bug that made me say  hmmm. It wasn't until my first year in Jr. high school that better components came into the mix

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My very first system was a Sanyo quad receiver with a shot volume pot, so i had to get it set where there was sound from all speakers, then adjust volume with the 4 individual channel trim pots!  It was running into a pair of speakers I built from a pair of Jensen 6x9 triax out of a car.

 

Here's the Sanyo (Not mine, internet image)

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My first REAL system was a JVC receiver (with 5 band EQ!) into some BIC Venturi formula 6 speakers w/ 8" woofers.  Source was a Fischer dual cassette deck.  Images off internet - not my actual gear...

 

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I was stationed in Japan, bought a C1, M1.0, TX11, Klipsch kg2’s, and a teac x2000r.  Wish I kept the teac, couldn’t give them away now they go for big bucks… I even had the dust cover AND wired remote :) 

 

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9 minutes ago, Receiver2000 said:

Well  that's quite a start!!!!!

I was an E4/E5 and single and on a ship so I had 3 hots and a cot so I could spend all of my money on Wine, Women, and song…. The rest I spent foolishly

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I paid $880 for the Teac reel to reel in 1986 (a months pay). Just looked up the inflation calculator “880 in 1986 is worth $2,378.86 today”

that’s a lot of hookers and cocaine….. but I did have the dust cover and wired remote

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Well, since you did have the dust cover and remote, I feel pretty certain that you weren't being excessive with the hookers and cocaine. If you didn't have them  I might have to start questioning.....

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Here is a picture of our shops entertainment system around 1987, USS Blueridge in Japan.  About 8 of us worked here and we all stereo nuts.  Basically if someone bought a new piece of gear and yours was being used, we would pull out the “old” and put in the new.  This picture has a pair of Denon POA-4400 monoblock at the bottom, no clue what the pre-amp was.  For the most part we used “Bear’s” (big dude from Texas) Klipsch Cornwalls.  Throw a couple hundred watts at those and we would get complaints from combat information center one deck down and aft of us.  Good times.  I was hooked on the carvin gear…

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