I grew up with my dad having Samsui 5000 receiver, Benjamin Miracord turntable, AR speakers, and Revox tape recorder (reel to reel) that he bought at the PX in Germany when he was in the army. He bought out first cd player, a Sony 5 disk carousel, when I was 10 or so. He still has all of this and occasionally uses it.
My first stereo was a Sonic clock radio from mid-80s, still have it in my bathroom. Then I got a Technics single cassette stereo. Couple years later I got a dual cassette stereo that had detachable speakers! Thought that was awesome. Used a diskman and tape adapter with it.
It's funny, I always had a bigger stereo than my brother until he got a bigger one for his birthday that had a cd player built in with bigger detachable speakers. Worst day of my life at that point because I hated his music ('90). Guess I wasn't the only one because the next day my dad took me to HiFi Buys and went in with me on 2 Technic speakers w/8" woofers, 2 pioneer speakers w/10" woofers, jvc 5 disk cd player and jvc receiver. I never heard my brothers music again
This was a big step that steered me in my love for car audio. Took that to college ('97) and then to a party at one of our fraternity's little sister's apt. Told them they could hold on to it for a while since her roommate took all her stuff. I kinda forgot about it as i moved in with roommates and one had a killer setup. I never saw it again.
Few years later (early 00's)I bought a midfi Sony receiver and a JBL sat/sub surround pkg. This setup served me well for about 10yrs until I bought a Sony 4400ES receiver ('09) then my Hsu vtf3.3 and HB-1s within the last couple years. Every step has been an upgrade from the last so at least I'm heading in the right direction. Other than a couple early sony diskmans, I've never had any problems with anything I've had (knock on wood), still have them in the family somewhere and most are being used. Loving the trip and can't wait to see what I end up with next!
The Sonic that popped my audio cherry...