When was the first time that you heard great sounding speakers?

For me it was 1977 at Purchase Radio in Buffalo NY. My brother and I were putting together a system that we would share at our parents house. The song was Aja by Steely Dan on a pair of Altec 19's that blew my mind at the time, I'll never forget it. They were a little out of our price range at the time. The system ended up being a Sherwood receiver, KLH speakers, a Technics SL-1950 and a cassette deck that I can't remember the make. Great memory! 
freshman hs, I think. First time I ditched the afternoon classes and got high with the ‘cool kids’ it was a clock radio and baba o’reilley had just come out and was playing. I’ve been chasing that magic ever since and I gotta say at this point I think smokin weed would be cheaper than all the equipment.
I became hooked on audio during the early seventies at college, smoking pot and listening to friends rigs.  I’m sure many were the big Advents.  Later around 1978 I auditioned a number of speakers at Moe’s Sight and Sound in Casper, Wyoming. Can’t remember what they all were.  I purchased JBL 65s and a McIntosh MA 6100 integrated.  Still using both in a second and third system.  They have traveled with me to Alaska, Dallas, China and back.  What a great ride it has been.
It was 1987, when I listened to and brought my Klipsch forté home.


For me it was KLH 9s in a warehouse room in the building with a book store in Anniston, Alabama in 1973.  My wife and I visited the store, and I mentioned to the owner that I was an audiophile, and I wished he sold LPs.  He said no LPs, but he did have a killer stereo in the back room.  The electrostats were powered by McIntosh.  The souirce was a turntable.  The sound was spell binding.
@samac The first time I heard Forte’s I was blown away as well. It was around the same time I heard the 104/2s back in the mid 80s. I had a pair of Forte IIs a couple of years ago but with the WAF I had to regrettably sell them. Maybe I need to get rid of the wife and get a pair of Forte IIIs? :)