Home Cinema - your first wander in
I was about 22, a student, and a mate from the wilds of the countryside ask me to pick up a DVD player from Richer Sounds in Dublin. I demo'd it, on his behalf, and then bought one for myself. It was a Sony DVP-s330. I paid IR£350 (including £50 for "a multi-region chip" as I was off to America for a week and I heard DVDs were much cheaper there). It came with two free films. I chose As Good As It Gets and My Best Friend's Wedding (as I thought it would impress ladies, and IT DID!).
First film proper that I bought was The Exorcist - Special Edition (in a snazzy box with a book, of some sort). It cost £28 at HMV on Grafton Street. Great Player, still works - in a mate's flat now.
6 months later I paired it up with a Pioneer VSA-E03 (only sold about 8 months ago to a German girl on Fleabay, £55), that cost me IR£250 (Richer Sounds) and some Mission 771e Speakers (What Hi-Fi Supertest Winners in the sub-£300 category - still have that magazine) that I was given by a pub landlord who was selling up, two Mission 70s for rears (IR£120, Richer Sounds) and a Mission 70c1 (£100, Harry Moore, Blackrock). Two months later I bought a Jamo E4 Sub for £240, which I still use.
A good little system.