The first "real" receiver I purchased was back in the 60s, in Japan, when I was in the Navy.
I had just bought a beautiful Sony PL3000(I think)turntable and was seriously looking at a set of all-but-hand-made Sony seperates that were just georgous. But after buying a Teak 7010(I think)reel-to-reel, I decided to try one of their new fangled all-in-one "Recievers"!!
.....besides, the finish and style matched the reel-to-reel, and THAT was cool!! Plus I wasen't a diehard fan of FM so had a problem with the cost of a tuner, especially since the tuner I really wanted, IF I got one, was the 10-B(I think) with the multipath scope.
.......now I gotta do a search and see if I can find out the actual numbers of the stuff I used to have!
uh, no comment on my Pioneer speakers. Although they sounded pretty good in their day, especially aboard a noisy ship.
Didn't get much chance to listen to it all as a civilian though; sold the lot when I went back to school.