I suppose this thread was inevitable after the others, though it does in part duplicate the CD Player history thread. Here goes with mine:
1969 Garrard SP25 Mk2 TT plus Shure M3 cartridge, in DIY plinth with DIY perspex dust cover. My start on the hifi road…
1970 Goldring G800 cartridge. Clearer sound overall.
1971/2 Thorens TD150 with TP13 arm, plus Shure M75E cartridge. This early suspended sub-chassis TT with single ball precision bearing plus better cartridge was a major upgrade, and, though I did not think of it that way, it was an early example of “source first”, way ahead of the rest of my system at the time - but it was driven by an obvious component limitation - The rumble from the SP25 idler wheel was all too audible having speakers that did bass, so as soon as I started work the first thing I saved for was a replacement, and with no commitments other than hifi and music meant I might as well make it a significant step.
Late 1970s upgraded TT: the TD150’s flimsy plinth revamped with thick sandwich construction, solid damped base, and fitted with spikes), and changed to Coral 777EX cartridge.
Mid-late 1980s changed arm for Rega RB300 and cartridge for an AT mc, possibly AT-OC9 (pics online fit my memory).
1989 Cambridge CD2 CD player
2000 Shearne Phase 7 CD player
(details of these two in the CD Player history thread)
~2008-9 ripped all my vinyl to CD, selling TT at end
2013 Naim ND5XS - my introduction to streaming, the new medium of the future, demise of my CD player ending my CD playing. After a lot of research this was my choice, ex-dem within my budget originally expected to spend on a replacement CD player upon death of the last. I was happy with my choice, it really sounding very similar to my last CD player, as far as memory allows comparison. At the same time I bought a cheap NAS (NSA325), which did the job, though it was physically noisy.
2014 XP5XS added to ND5XS. Big mistake: perhaps in part influenced by learning about Naim power supply upgrades on this forum I was persuaded by the dealer to buy (remotely because I was a long way away), without first hearing, The improvement was so marginal as to not be worth the cost, even though I had bought ex-dem. It was gone in a month.
2014 Chord Hugo added as external DAC with ND5XS now acting as renderer. I was curious after all the positive comments I heard, and used part of the money from the departed XP5XS to buy this, on sale or return. It stayed! It’s improvement was significant, the sound becoming much more natural, or that was the best way I could describe it.
2015 Mac Mini (late 2012 model) with twin 500GB SSDs set up as NAS, replacing the NSA325 - silence at last. Did the job well, using free Serviio serving software.
2015 Audirvana (fully optimised) on Mac Mini (headless and dedicated, store and renderer in one box so no streaming across a network) replaced ND5XS as renderer, with slight improvement in sound, but it had to go through an isolator (Gustard U22) to remove RF because Hugo was more susceptible than most DACs.
2016 Chord Dave replaced Hugo as DAC (and Gustard not needed).
No source changes since Dave came. My only anticipated change will happen when I finally give up on Audirvana’s frustrations, or when Mac Mini reaches end of life, when a replacement renderer will happen - but what I don’t yet know and will depend on what is around at the time. I sometimes wonder of I should try MScaler, but nothing makes me leap to spend the money…
I haven’t included a pair of R to R tape recorders I had for many years because they weren’t part of hifi system, nor a cassette player that I had mainly for recording cassettes for the car.