My first cd player was a sony stereo tower for 1000$ :-) Can't remember the year and am to lazy to look it up, but the first Nirvana CD was in the charts then. And this was the first CD I ever bought.
I had been working on some holiday jobs for a few weeks and really really wanted to have a stereo. It would have been even more expensive, but it was on discount, hehe. Still, it was worth it, it's still running today.
First CD system? Dreamcast in 2000.