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From my short time here, I have witnessed a wide variety of people who contribute to this place, going from audio experts to the blissfully unaware such as myself. Despite where we may lie in regards to our knowledge of this hobby/passion/career... we all started somewhere. So if your memory is reliable enough, I would enjoy hearing how some of you got your start in audio. Which equipment did you use? How often did it change?
06-21-2002, 12:06 AM
"going from audio experts to the blissfully unaware such as myself." -- Funny stuff
Credit cards, that's how I got started. Hehehe
06-21-2002, 10:22 AM
I've just gotten my feet wet with home audio of a serious nature. I'd say the last 2-3 years. Always been a moive buff and had the vcr wired up thru the receiver since I can remember, but that was really it.
I've come along way thanks to this forum and the HTF over the last couple of years.
06-21-2002, 10:27 AM
I started out in high school with a pair of Boston Acoustic A100's, a denon receiver and an Onkyo CD player......
After school, other things took priority but have gotten back into audio in the last couple years.....Some friends of ours kinda got me back into it, he is a Polk fan and gave me a pair of RT7's and things just sorta progressed from there. I got more interested, started hanging around the forum and that just fanned the flames even more. I learned a lot just by listening to what guys like Russ, George, madmax, the Bros McGowan etc etc had to say.
06-21-2002, 02:25 PM
A Technics stereo rcvr back in the early 80's . Altho it may not have been much by today's standards, it sounded better than the massive console I had listened to when I was still living w/the folks. And now I have a Marantz stereo rcvr, w/a little more power, a remote, radio presets, & preamp out, but I expect that otherwise it's a very similar type of product. I would make do w/only 2-ch, but soundtracks today are mixed in a way that drowns out dialogue in 2-ch. So I have a seperate HT in a box for movies/tv, so lowly in status that I refuse to even reveal its identity. However, it doesn't take up much space & is easy to use. My dream rcvr is the Magnum Dynalab 2-ch, not a surround rcvr. Polk came to my attn when my father ditched the console & got a pr of 5jr's. Mom still uses them & they still sound great. My current Polks are "B" spkrs in my stereo setup, some indoor/outdoor spkrs that are very nice when you consider the price & the intended use. Main stereo sprks are MB Quart QL S530 bookshelfs (despite being known for car audio, they make a few nice home spkrs), but I want to replace them w/LSi 9's. Currently on order is a Marantz SA8260 single disc SACD player. My other gear is entry-level Sony DVD player, entry-level Sony home MD deck, Marantz's current model dual cassette deck, an RCA vcr, & Sony Wega flatscreen 4:3 24" analog TV. Wish list is on hold for the time being due to cost of incoming SACD. A humble system compared to most of what you see on here, but I like it.
06-22-2002, 03:09 PM
I got started in the early 90's in Germany. The military dorms were full of systems that ranged from merely loud to ludicrous loud. Then a supervisor whom lived off-base in a private rental house showed me what it should sound like. He brought over his SDA SRS system from state-side. Then I knew what all the hoopla was about. A stereo that actually sounded like music instead of just a bunch of noise. About a year later, I sold all my speakers that I had accumulated (JBL, AR, Klipsch) and bought my own SRS 1.2 TL's. They had a pair at the BX that were display models and I got them at a "good" price. Still nice speakers after all these years.
06-22-2002, 07:20 PM
I got started when I was around 16, that would be 1958. I bought one of the first RCA stereos when they first came out. It was a console that had a speaker cabinet to match, same size as the console. I paid $150.00 for it then. Later when I was in Alaska I bought a hand me down system, which I used, until I built a kit Harmon Kardon. Later on I purchased the Fisher X101D pre-amp, amp, with reverb, and some Fisher XP7 speakers. They cost me $600.00 in 1966, I believe. I still have the speakers. Anyway it has been on and on since then I now have over $8000.00 in my system. It is been one of the joys of my life and always has been, since I have been a musician of some sort all my life.
06-22-2002, 11:37 PM
I'm the youngest of six kids. I was about 8 or 9 yrs. old when I took the earphone jack to the black & white TV, split it, and hooked it up to a receiver. The first decent system I owned was a Sansui receiver, BSR turntable, Akai cassette & a pair of Acoustiflex speakers.
06-23-2002, 09:41 PM
I started when I was about 8. I blew out the transistors on my stereo turntable because I had the wires cut up to add extra speakers. By the time I was 12 I was an old pro at modifying anything in site. A little early in life. I remember people saying "he is going to be good at this stuff" Engineering here I come! Turned out to be a good move. I have been in enginnering for 20 years now.
06-23-2002, 09:43 PM
Engineers can't spell either!
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