Your nostalgic Hifi System
I started off in in 1985 when What Hifi was still alive and kicking with a Hifi starter system from my Grandad that consisted of a Leak Stereo 30 Amplifier, Leak Troughline FM Tuner a Dual 4 speed turntable set in solid Oak with a Shure MM cartidge and a Sony Reel to Reel Stereo 30 Deck set inside a wooden unit that straddled home made speakers in 1960 being approx 4 ft tall and 1.5 foot wide with a cloth covering and I was hooked. I added an Akai HX 3 Cassette deck in 1986 and a Philips Midi 64 bit I think CD Player in 1987. I sold my speakers to a college friend and purchased Wharfedale first Diamond Speakers with QED 79 strand cable. With an insurance payout I purchased a Marantz 40wpc Amplifier (PM440 ?) with built in 5 band graphic equaliser that was champagne Gold in colour had 5 inputs and MC option and a Fisher (I think FM55) analogue Tuner that only cost £30. Once I joined the Royal Navy - money became less of an option and after consulting What Hifi Magazine and listening to products in a dedicated Hifi shop I replaced items with a Denon TU260L Tuner, a Sansui 80 WPC Amplifier (unfortunately harsh to listen too after time), A Kenwood KX5010 Cassette Deck that would calibrate metal/chrome/normal - excellent deck and my first bitstream CD player from Rotel RCD 955 I think that cost £300. My best ever purchase was the Yamaha A400 Amplifier. Wow it was that good and I added Sony APM22ES Speakers that had Titanium Tweeters and a square woofer but a harsh treble was evident but eventually controlled by Pink monster Spkr Cable. Apollo Speaker stands were added as well as the renowned Target 5 tier Hifi stand. All interconnects were QED and I even bought the weird QED plug system that was a five block system that took those small strange plugs. My Wharfedale speakers were damaged so I bought the version 2 to compliment the Sony APM22ES. I added a Sony auto reverse deck for playback to go with the Kenwood and when my Rotel gave up the ghost I upgraded to the RCD965BX version. All was well and I wanted to improve the Rotel version and listened to the Arcam and Mission at around £600 against the DAC in the Box with my Rotel player with QED £50 cable and the Rotel combi won on sound quality. That system was my element until I got married and had our first baby and I foolishly sold it thinking the baby would pull out cables etc once he was crawling. Even though I got a £1000 for my system 13 years ago I do miss it and who knows once the children have left I will most likely start again.