Oh boy - 17.5...still in high school. Luckily just getting out of the "one hit wonder"/pop radio phase, and listening to actual albums...mostly grunge, classic rock, and southern rock...Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Zeppelin, Floyd, Skynyrd, etc. So the music was getting better. Gear-wise, not so much. I would be listening on either: - Sony Disc-man - Yorx (or similar) boombox - 1970's something receiver with wood-grain/no-name speakers. At least this was a "system" but it was definitely nothing of quality. My parents still have it out in the garage. Within a year or so, I would inherit a Bose Wave Radio, which somewhat started the desire for a high quality system. For awhile it was that, then computer speakers, then white van speakers, then Best Buy speakers, then Emotiva/Rega, and the rest is history!