What got you started in this hi-fi madness? Here's my story:
When I was 10, a friend of mine who had just moved into town, invited me to his house. His parents were obviously wealthy when I saw the house and his system. He was 9 and had a Harmon Kardon receiver (35 watts I think), a Pioneer Cassette deck (my first exposure to a home cassette deck) that layed flat. like a small console, and a pair of "Quadraphonic" (the brand) speakers. It blew me away. I had never heard anything but cheesey consoles and standalone 8-track players with whizzer-cone speakers (LOL).
From the first song I heard over that system, I was hooked.