Hi everyone just thought I'd share my short story of my Hi Fi journey (so far) and showing my current system as it is now acceptable to show on here! Ha ha :grin:
Almost exactly a year ago I got my first Stereo ever, a 2nd hand, 12 (ish) year old Phillips FWC399 mini all-in-one system, this was my gateway to Hi Fi, not very "Hi Fi" I know but it was a start and after listening to everything through a 32in Samsung LED t.v's speakers, it sounded amazing!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/101692713@N03/9738951400/lightbox/ The Phillips mini system speakers.
Unfortunately it didn't take long for it to die on me, but I was already bitten by the Hi Fi bug and a few months later I managed to find an immaculate and perfectly working NAD 3130 integrated amp for £30 and a Marantz 2225 receiver for £18, both in a charity shop, the Marantz was sold for £90, I kept the NAD, it was just on another level, even with the same Phillips speakers, soon I managed to upgrade to some AKAI SW-350S speakers, which unfortunately one had a slight crackle from the mid-range and the other on the bass.
Within the next couple of months I bought an Atlas Element Integra interconnect and a Marantz CD6004, still through the Crackling AKAIs though, I wasn't hearing much of an improvement, that changed when I found a pair of KEF C15 standmounters, what stunning little, old speakers, I quickly upgraded to Audioquest FLX-SLip 14/2 speaker cable, with banana plugs, I was finally getting a halfway decent sound! :grin:
Along the way I thought I'd give some serious headphones a go and I'm glad I did! I bought some Grado SR80is, and wow, I didn't know headphones could sound this good, they're a seriously good buy for the money they are! (£135)
To finish this story off, just last week I sold the NAD (£40) after purchasing myself a Marantz PM6004 to go with the CD player, what a brilliant amp, brings out the best of those little KEFs even more than the NAD, next up is some Custom Design RS300 stands and then at some point some KEF Q300s, can't wait!!!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/101692713@N03/9735726335/lightbox/ Marantz CD/PM6004.