Responses from achilles

Van Halen, baby
Disagree - I've been listening to the new CD for a few days now. It sounds like it could've been made in the 80s. I mean it sounds like Van Halen. Somehow I wasn't expecting that. It's got a few good songs. "Blood and Fire" and "Bullethead" could ... 
Are there any albums you consider perfect?
Stone Temple Pilots - Purple 
SHM Universal Japan SACDs
Elton John's Yellow Brick Road SHM SACD finally arrived. I don't have another format to compare it with, but it does sound good. I should be able to compare it with the his Greatest Hits CD this weekend; some of the songs are common to both discs. 
Why are HD downloads so expensive?
Yeah, but think of it this way: they're selling you something much closer to the master tapes. You would expect that the price of the master tapes themselves would be even higher, right?This discussion reminds me of a giclee vs a regular inkjet co... 
So how is the Marantz after all? 
How much uncompressed music in Ipod classic?
My 30 GB iPod is full with about 997 songs mostly (99+%) in Apple Lossless format. And that's with no video content. Presumably this would translate to (160/30)*997, or 5317 songs on a new iPod with 160 GB.I don't think I'd use uncompressed, by th... 
Trouble with rega white belt seating properly
Mine worked fine right away (on my P3-24) and doesn't travel. 
Opposite ends
That's funny you should laud Behind Blue Eyes. I have trouble making that one sound good. 
What's your favorite lyric from a song?
"Well, I see you give more than I can take.Well, I only harvest some."Neil Young, "Harvest" (of course) 
Review: Shunyata Hydra 2 AC filter
The omnipresent chatty woman I mentioned earlier reminded me I didn't get the Hydra to improve the sound. I got it to protect my expensive amplifier. So as long as it doesn't degrade the sound, it's (presumably) doing its job.It is definitely not ... 
Upgrade from Rotel RCD-1072
I've also been pretty impessed with the less expensive NAD CD players (and integrated amps).I was able to find my M5 new for $900 from a dealer who was discontinuing NAD products. 
Which speaker post to use: 4 ohm or 8 ohm?
Thanks for all the input. I'll do one more comparison then if I can't hear a difference I'll use John Atkinson's recommendation. 
Review: Shunyata Hydra 2 AC filter
I got in about 30 minutes of dedicated listening last night. I used CSN's debut LP and some rock (Zeppelin & Police) and jazz (Diana Krall) CDs.I'm not sure what I heard. It may have been my imagination, but sometimes the space between the not... 
Which speaker post to use: 4 ohm or 8 ohm?
Oops, first day with my new fingers. It's definitely "integrated." 
Upgrade from Rotel RCD-1072
I got rid of my 1072 and went back to my Marantz CD63-SE + (original) MSB Link DAC. I never warmed up to the Rotel. Later I added a Denon 2910 universal player and then I replaced the Marantz with a NAD M5 CD/SACD player. I'm very pleased with the...