We're not talking Sansui or Matsui stereo, but your first seperates hi-fi system, what it comprised of, and if you can remember what it sounded like, here's mine:
Pioneer PD-S703 CD player and Aiwa ADF410 Cassette Deck > NAD 3020i amplifier >JPW Speakers
Speaker cables: Cable Talk 3
Interconnect: Maplins RCA (gold plated)
Speaker stands: Atacama
I was at college, so thought it was amazing (especially the CD player with the 'Stable Platter System' and the fact that the CD had to turned upside down). The NAD was an exceptional starter amplifier (it could even be used as a pre-amp!) and probably would have been better partnered with Mission bookshelf speakers, although at the time JPW was more in line with my student budget.
The Aiwa cassette deck was also an excellent budget deck to play back recordings off Radio 1 Pete Tong or Annie Nightingale sessions or albums on cassette I'd brought back in the 80s - it was simply the business! Upgraded some tapes with the CD versions later in the 90s and stopped using the deck then and soley used the Pioneer.
Overall, the build quality was excellent and used the above for over 10 years without fault, unlike some modern hifi components I've had over the last few years.
Now what system did you have?
PS Sorry if this duplicates another thread - Fri fun!![:P]