Responses from deecee

Where did you buy your first audio gear?
Lafayette Electronics... $5 tube amp (mono) and a 12" raw speaker from their bargain dumpster bin. I think I was in 8th grade. Later I "upgraded" by adding a 5" (ha!) "tweeter" and soldered a cap to it.   Yeah, I know. I was cookin' with gas!  
Am I Better Off With Limited Low Frequency Speaker In A Small Room?
If your cubical room is a problem you may want to try a diagonal setup in your listening room. It helped a lot when I was in  borg-like 10x10x10 (although it did not do much for Soundstage depth. Good luck! DeeCee   
Looking for good recordings of female vocals I have not yet tried...
Saw no mention of... Rhian  Benson Carly Simon Valerie Carter Rita Coolidge Judy Tzuke  
What is the best non-conditioning surge protector
After moving to the lightning capitol of the US, I have a whole house surge protector installed and I use Brickwall on my AV system (although it provides minimal filtering, I have not found any issue with its use); also the type of protection that... 
OK...here's another tweak that really works
I have both the IBE CD and the Cardas LP and yes, they make an audible difference (actually I like the effect after a few plays of music). The most profound effect was from the Gryphon Exorcist but it was way too pricey for me. No one seems to k... 
Does Anyone Else Member the Golden Age of Audio Insults and Product Degradation?
I recall going to Radio Shack and Lafayette Electronics as a kid for electronics parts. They were competitors that used to call each other “Laff-a-lot” and “Radio Shaft”, respectively. Heh.  
Totally overwhelmed (speakers under $5k)
Hi @ddonicht , This is exactly what I thought would happen: everybody will mention their favorite speaker and amp combo and they will be right! I won’t mention any additional equipment; others have made terrific suggestions. However, YOU will ne... 
Favorite song to demo or test drive speakers?
@jjss49  Thank you! Much appreciated. The folks I burned on the disk are outstanding and (most) were really well recorded.  I sometimes break out the disk and just play it for my enjoyment.  
Hmmmm… surprised I didn’t see… Neil Young - After the Gold Rush Yes - Your Move (A radio station used to play these back to back so much, I thought it was the same song!)   I’ll also add: Cassandra Wilson - Solomon Sang Boz Scaggs - Vanishi... 
What are your favorite recordings that sound best to you?
Shirley Horn - The Music That Makes Me Dance. Breathtakingly executed in production and performance. Cassandra Wilson - New Moon Daughter. Again, excellent performances and sound quality.  
Bad recordings and high end audio
After purchasing a new component, I employ what I call the “crap” test as seen in the following post on another forum.https://db.audioasylum.com/mhtml/m.html?forum=amp&n=103667&highlight=Crap+test+DeeCee&r=...The follow up thread comme... 
Loudest Sound Ever?
Me. After reading the prices of high end gear… 
Looking for an amp that punches way about its weight and I can grow with
I also say go with Odyssey. I've had mine for just under a year and find it has a HUGE bang per buck.Good luck on your audio "odyssey"! (Sorry, couldn't resist) 
What Are Your Reference Discs? or Specific Reference Tracks
I'm not sure that reference is the proper term; I burned a CD that use a collection of tunes I like and I'm well familiar with that allow me to note certain aspects of a system that I audition (ambience, soundstage, detail, bass, etc.)Most are not... 
Update on Audiogon Member Almarg
So sorry to hear of this news. May Al & his family be blessed & supported in these trying times.