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What audio component purchase sparked your love for audio

Hey All,
On the heels of "which purchase do you most regret", I got to thinking. What audio component really sparked your love for audio?

I always have loved music, but in the mid 80's I went into an electronics store to listen to the new fangled CD player.

The salesman played "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood. I was so blown away by the clarity and separation of instruments. The drum riff at the beginning was mesmerizing.

I was a sophomore in highschool, and the CD player (Onkyo) was just under $300. It was a major purchase for me, but I was hooked. It was transformative, not only for me, but surely for the music industry.

Also, in my late 20's, my soon to be "uncle in law" had a pair of Maggie speakers. They DEFINITELY werent properly positioned, but the sound was incredible, and I was amazed at the sound that came from those flat, see through speakers. Really, really cool.

i went on and on about them. i think he really appreciated it. He is one of the few men in family of almost all women. I dont think anyone had noticed or commented on those beautiful speakers
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When my Dad bought an HK receiver, Garrard TT, a pair of E.J. Korvette's XAM speakers and an LP titled "Stereo Sound Spectacular".



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Just visiting a few high-end audio stores! My first major purchase was a pair of Hales Revelation 1 bookshelf speakers and a 15" subwoofer, which I then hooked up to my Onkyo receiver. It was so much better sounding than what I had before.
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What audio component really sparked your love for audio?
A Marantz 2285B receiver. In High School I had a friend that was into photography and one holiday day we went to a camera store a few suburbs from home to pick up an accessory for him. On the shelf was the Marantz on clearance. I fell in love with the looks and put it on lay-by. I had a good paying weekend job and paid it off in a few weeks, took it home and used it with a cassette deck I was given and the cheapest Sennheiser cans you could buy.
It also sparked my love of linear electronics, led me to studying amplifier design and eventually to Uni to study electronics.


I still have it. It has some faults due to it's age, and because it's such a mongrel to work on, it will stay on the shelf a few more years until I can dedicate a period where my work desk contains only it and I can restore it fully.
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In the early 80's while living in LA area, I bought a huge muth'a ** ghetto blaster in black and shining chrome, perfectly balanced 10" speakers! All it needed was a set of wheels to drive it around while blasting away! After the initial excitement wore off, and being slightly embarrassed by my foolish purchase of this 50 pounds monster, I sold it to a friend who wanted this bad ass blaster; I bought a more civilized and tame portable stereo radio cassett player...Panasonic. Once I hooked this up to audio output from a VHS player while watching on a silent TV, I was definitely hooked...after listening to The Kiss of the Spider Woman...perfectly mastered in audio with William Hurt's nostalgic monologue...was a discovery of audio-euphoria.

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...perfectly mastered in audio with John Hurt's nostalgic monologue.
William?
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A piece of vinyl, round and slim, entitled, "Apostrophe" was the first piece of audio equipment that had me hooked forever.
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Who you jiving with that cosmik debris?
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William?
Ooops...I get Mississippi John Hurt and William Hurt mixed up! Thanks for the name correction! Didn't MS John Hurt sing "Candy Man, here and gone..." Great song!
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Hey All,
On the heels of "which purchase do you most regret", I got to thinking. What audio component really sparked your love for audio?

I always have loved music, but in the mid 80's I went into an electronics store to listen to the new fangled CD player.

The salesman played "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood. I was so blown away by the clarity and separation of instruments. The drum riff at the beginning was mesmerizing.

I was a sophomore in highschool, and the CD player (Onkyo) was just under $300. It was a major purchase for me, but I was hooked. It was transformative, not only for me, but surely for the music industry.

Also, in my late 20's, my soon to be "uncle in law" had a pair of Maggie speakers. They DEFINITELY werent properly positioned, but the sound was incredible, and I was amazed at the sound that came from those flat, see through speakers. Really, really cool.

i went on and on about them. i think he really appreciated it. He is one of the few men in family of almost all women. I dont think anyone had noticed or commented on those beautiful speakers

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My first "real" stereo was a Sony receiver I bought from Costco [vaguely sure it was a STR-D965] that sat in the box for 3 months until I could also afford a pair of JBL J520s. I fed it using optical out from my discman and a garage sale record player. It wasn't much but in a 1996 dorm it was a lot better than my friends' Aiwa mini systems.



As far as a single component my Squeezebox 2 was a revelation. I'd been using a 300 disc jukebox before that and being able to play all my ripped CDs, vinyl rips and downloaded music from a single library in multiple rooms was mind blowing.
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Fender guitar amp!!! We used to have a really old record player from the 50s, I hooked up a cable from the output of the cartridge of the turn table into the Fender and heard significant improvement in the sound ( yes, the original record player was that bad that a guitar amp sounded much better). Eventually, I bought a small Sansui integrated amp and a pair of Heco speakers and put them far apart, then use guitar amp driving two Marshall cabinets each with 4 X 12" Celestion speakers in the middle to create the "wall of sound" as the guitar speakers are mainly mid range sound.
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When my Dad bought an HK receiver, Garrard TT, a pair of E.J. Korvette's XAM speakers and an LP titled "Stereo Sound Spectacular".

I dug that one out, if you mean the 2-LP on Merc with the house husband in a suit and the housewife in a red dress with the console all-in-one behind.
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Nope!
This one...


EDIT:
Bah! Can't get the YT link to work.


This one:


https://lp.reverb.com/listings/12847...rc=aw.ds&pla=1



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Nope!
This one...


EDIT:
Bah! Can't get the YT link to work.


This one:


https://lp.reverb.com/listings/12847...rc=aw.ds&pla=1

Huh !!!! I don't think I've ever seen that one before. Ok, on the hunt!
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Originally? It's hard to say. Music has been a forever thing for me, both listening and playing, so I would say my love of audio was sparked well before I was making any purchases. My youth and early adulthood were served by a procession of gifted, borrowed, cheap, and free components and systems that played music to varying degrees of satisfaction.

More recently, though, after a dormant period in which I settled for cheap HTIB and decent-ish stock car stereos, my love for audio was re-ignited by my fiance (now wife)'s gift of a Fluance RT80 turntable. There are certainly much better turntables available, but for several years prior to that gift, my music listening had become mainly iPod (nearly my whole library of CDs ripped, as well as iTunes purchases) and Pandora-based. I had lost my vinyl collection more than a decade prior and had just never worked up the ambition to rebuild and therefore had never felt a need to invest in a turntable. I remember mentioning at one point that I was thinking about starting to care about sound quality again and was looking into buying a good CD player. Fortunatley, she knew me well enough to know what would really do it for me and gave the gift of a gateway back to analog. The presence of vinyl in my life again has led to purchase of components much more expensive than the turntable itself, not to mention a probably irresponsible amount of records, but it's given me a whole lot of joy.
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... What audio component really sparked your love for audio?
In 3rd grade I got my first AM/FM portable radio and in 4th grade a portable cassette recorder. I have fond memories of sitting up at night recording my "Casey Kasem top 40" favorites with the tape deck plopped in front of the radio.

When I was old enough to be trusted my dad let me play with his reel-to-reel but by High School I needed my own toys and saved up for a <now> vintage Pioneer receiver with matching big box speakers and cassette deck. Soon after I added a Sanyo auto return turntable that kept me going until it died in college. I replaced that with a JVC "close and play" linear tracking turntable...arguably my favorite component over a course of many years. I would spend hours making my own party tapes and playing DJ in the comfort of my room queuing between tape and LP.

30+ years later I miss it...in the "olden days" listening to music was a much more active experience. I'll still take the time to mix a playlist from my rip collection but not nearly as often...I just don't have the time so instead I rely on Spotify and Google Play Music to fill the void. Hopefully when (if) I can retire the AV system will have been fully revamped...again...and I'll have the time and energy to enjoy more of my collection again.

...and hopefully pass that passion along to future grandchildren.

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Is that a real poncho... I mean. Is that a Mexican poncho or is that a Sears poncho?
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Is that a real poncho... I mean. Is that a Mexican poncho or is that a Sears poncho?
You cultural appropriator, you!


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Would you settle for translucent? They were that midcentury light brown "cheese cloth" type of material.
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Emerson 3 in 1 with speakers. No, actually my first love was a Realistic radio alarm clock with FM radio. I loved that thing. Listened to it for hours on end.
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Ha ha, hifi is very very big in Hong Kong and Japan, sparks are flying all over the place, you just cannot help but catching some of the sparks. When I was there, I had friends that built amps and speakers. We call those "man with a fever", going crazy into hifi. It's just natural for me to catch it.


I bought my first decent pair of speakers when I was 19, a pair of Heco made in Germany. It's not a bad brand, I think they were the first to come out with soft dome tweeter. I always hate the sound of the horn, that was a treat.
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When I went college in mid-70s and my parents bought me Pioneer Receiver, turntable & Bose 301 Speakers. Played those to death in next 4 years

I have now elevated to Revel Speakers, Outlaw sub, Yamaha 9 channel AVR, Parasound 2 channel Amp & preamp and Pro-ject turntable.. life is good
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When living in Hawaii (6-8th Grade), in 8th Grade, I and nearly everyone else was taught to play Hawaiian and other music on the Ukulele (and a bit of Guitar when a friend taught me to play HIS)....and immediately fell in LOVE with SLACK KEY GUITAR (Ki Ho'alu), esp.Gabby Pahinui, Ray Kane, Sonny Chillingsworth [a Haole born in Oahu], and my FAV of ALL TIME: Leonard Kwan, NOT just because he is slow enough for a Beginner with JUST a Ukulele [below video reportedly continues on for 67 tracks]. Unfortunately, all I had to play Vinyl Records on back then was my Parent's Mono Cabinet with a needle so fat and heavy it ruined all of the grooves....and all of my mother's incl. Many Movie Musicals and a few '40's Boogie-Woogie tracks that blew me away....which I later learned from her on the Piano:
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In 1963-5, while I was in High School, my 4-year older Brother and I put enough $$'s together [half-and-half] to get a Garrard Record Changer with an affordable Cartridge (Shure M44G) that tracked at about 1 to 1.5 grams. And eventually replaced ALL of my ruined Vinyl Records....mostly Slack Key, but also Kingston Trio and groups like the Four Preps....which even today, ALL play just FINE. So the SHURE M44G PHONO CARTRIDGE [later V15 Types] was the FIRST Audio Component that sparked my interest in TRUE Hi-Fi....along with a Heathkit Stereo TUBE Amp and a Pair of HUGE DIY Speaker Cabinets that my brother and I built (inexpensive 12-in Woofers, Tweeters and Individual L/C Crossover Components from Radio Shack)....which I kept all thru College as he earned enough cash to afford an Upgrade:
http://www.shure.com/americas/suppor...e-same-as-m44g

It was supposed to be for only 3-months [but one of my trained replacements died from excessive alcohol consumption], so for the first SIX Months in 1971, we (incl. new Baby) volunteered as a $25/day Per Diem Field Engineer working in a fairly remote part of Japan. Upon return, we were quite the sight at Customs in Hawaii with multiple Still & Movie Cameras draped around our necks [all different brands so no duty when "gifts" for my brothers], a new Sony Direct Drive Turntable [with Shure V15 Type II Cartridge], new Kenwood KT7001 AM/FM Tuner [US version so could only listen to 88-95 MHz out of 76-95 MHz Japanese Band...just enough to listen to ADVENTURES OF CHICKEN MAN...BRACK!!!!], new Guitar, two big/heavy boxes of unopened Chinaware [EACH service for 6 (or was it 8?), expected to be reduced due to breakage over the years], assorted Baby "Stuff"....and my old Heathkit Stereo Amp with two "baby" DIY Speakers I had built just for the trip. With NO RENT and Food partially subsidized for 6 months, I returned home and immediately bought a pair of the "Best" [WAF] Speakers I could find/afford: ALTEC Voice-Of-The-Theater Flamenco's with 15-in Woofers and 800-Hz Sectorial Horn with Compression Driver...which is for SURE my SECOND Best Purchase that sparked my interest in TRUE Hi-Fi.....BTW: Driven by new Dynaco PAT-4 Preamp and Dynaco Stereo-120 Kits. [And as I've remarked numerous times, the ALTEC's were later repurposed (and retuned) as my current pair of Sub-Woofers.....]
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PS: In several trips to Hawaii for work in the 1970 & 1980's, my wife and I heard [Sensei Master] Keola Beamer and his brother Kapono several times at two-drink-minimum venues in Waikiki. Much later we met their Mother, Nona Beamer (well known Hawaiian Music Composer), who was a resident at the Hi-Rise Retirement Home that my Dad/Mom managed....at dinner we expressed our appreciation for the talents of her two sons. And over the years, we have met and talked to my CURRENT FAV: [Best in Person] Ledward Kaapana several times, incl. others at a Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Festival in Waimea.
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Would you settle for translucent? They were that midcentury light brown "cheese cloth" type of material.
I feel like Im digging myself deeper with you talking about planar speakers

I thought you were actually talking about fartin Logan since they're translucent. I supposed Maggies you could see light through them if sunlight was on the other side.

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This is describing Magneplanar though
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I was an American 7 y.o. living in Europe on the cusp of the British Invasion with no native language TV and just the radio (s) to pass our time - I developed the love of music.

Appreciation of audio gear came later first by a friend whose big brother had placed a decent TT (Garrard? Dual?) in a stereo console and fed the amp out to huge home built boxes housing large woofers and horn tweets (a la Klipsch) hanging in the rafters of their large garage in the early seventies. We were dazed and confused....

But what really fed my head was hearing DSOTM for the first time at a friend of a friends house in quad when it was released....a mind blowing experience and one I revisited til I maybe wore out my welcome after a few months. Finally bought my own first good enough two channel system (Dual, Pioneer, EPI) and have had an affection good audio since.
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