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Old 09-13-2012, 11:36 PM
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Default What was your first "hi-end" component ?

From your own perspective, what was your very first component you purchased that got your started on your audio journey?
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:41 PM
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Classe CA 100 2 channel amplifier. I enjoyed it, but eventually needed more power!
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:50 PM
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Well, that was approx 1963 with a 7 inch record player w/built in speaker/amp. Forgot the model & manufacturer -- but it was green.

Then in 1967 or so a 3-in-1 unit -- AM/FM radio/TT/built in speakers.

Then in 1969 was my first true component system: Fisher 450T Integrated, Fisher Speakers (forgot model), Garrard SL-95B TT with Shure V-15 cartridge.

I still have the Fisher & continues to work fine. MINT wooden case.

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Old 09-13-2012, 11:57 PM
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1976 - Harmon Kardon Citation 16 & 17, Tandberg TD-20A, w JBL L300's
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Perreaux PMF1050 amp and SM2 preamp. Should have kept the preamp - despite it being so noisy because the board was gold plated. Connectors to.
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:36 AM
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Quote:
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From your own perspective, what was your very first component you purchased that got your started on your audio journey?

I don't consider this as a high-end BUT it got me started.


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, I still have it in my closet collecting dust.
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:50 AM
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A pair of McIntosh MC-30 mono amplifiers, a Dynaco Pas3 preamp, a Dual 1019 turntable with a Shure V15 Type II cartridge, and Altec Voice of the Theater speakers. In 1968 that sound system rocked the house.
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I started my journey with B&W 705 speakers in 2008.
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Harman-Kardon Citation 11 preamp and Citation 12 power amp. I got rid of the Citation 11 preamp for a Dyna PAT 5 that I modded with a design published in The Audio Amateur by preamp guru Walter Jung that was subsequently reviewed by The Absolute Sound. The Citation 12 amp was really a killer amp in it's day, though, and interestingly was the first auido product that Nelson Pass ever built when he was a kid (you could get them in kit form in those days). I still have a(nother) Citation 12 power amp, and it is still a very respectably good-sounding amp to this day. Dual mono amp on a single chassis.
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:57 AM
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I started this crazy hobby in 2003 with the following gears:
Speaker: B&W N804
Preamp: Luxman C-383
Poweramp: Luxman M-375
SACD player: Marantz SA8260
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