Responses from gdnrbob

Wilson Watt Puppy 7
Get a pair of McCormack amps and have them upgraded. SMc Audio can just about anything. And, you could do a lot with $5K.Bob 
Bookshelf Recommendations
Well, if you are mounting on stands, why not get floor standing speakers?A pair of Vandy 1ci's wouldn't take a much of a larger footprint.- And, when coupled with a pair of subs, I think you would be approaching a truly high end system.B 
Bookshelf Recommendations
+1 for Vandy VLR's.I owned a pair of Zu Omen Bookshelves, but the Vandies leave them in the dust.Bob 
Is There a Speaker for Me/Impossible Requirements? (budget: $2000)
@OP,Vandy's sound good at just about any sound level.Someone recommended the 1ci's. I would also recommend the VLR's.I have them in my office, mounted near the ceiling (my desk is almost underneath them)with a pair of Hsu subs.I find them very lis... 
Technology in speakers....
@OP, Another Vandy nut here.Quatro's, would be my choice- unless I had a huge room.I own the Treo's with a pair of 2wq subs- so I have about 85% of a Quatro.Bob 
Spotify for classical music lovers
I ended up going to Quobuz. Higher rez and a pretty complete catalog.Spotify seems to have the edge, but Quobuz is pretty close to having everything.B 
bluesound/network audio noob question here - can you play files in two places?
You need to buy a Node. Probably best to contact Bluesound directly. Yes, they do pick up the phone.I only have Nodes, and no Vault, so I can't say exactly. But, at worst you would need 2 Nodes. Even the original Node (not 2 or 2i) will network wi... 
Mono blocks or bia amp
Monoblocks let you use shorter speaker cables, so they aren't affecting sound as much as longer ones.Monoblocks are also easier to set up than vertical biamping (using one amp for high frequencies and one for lower)-which is what I think you are r... 
Dealer Behavior
I, too, got my initial experience during the late 70's-early 80's, and my experience mirrors yours.I was very happy to find Audiogon and USAM as a way to buy used equipment without the dealer.But I have to say I did get to meet with a really nice ... 
Which Transparent speaker cable to chose?
I tried Transparent, but went with Audioquest.In the end, I found Transparent cables to be way overpriced for what they offer, and, as you have discovered, seem to be somewhat imbalanced sound-wise- but that is system dependent, too.Still trying t... 
Obscure Gems - found Streaming - Chime in
When I was using Spotify, they offered a 'Discover' tab which offered music related to the music you played or added to favorite.I found many interesting composers via the Discover link.Bob 
Trained ears.
If you can tune a piano, then you know what the notes should sound like.Just listen to as many systems as you can, and form your own opinion.B 
What are the top 3 dream speakers you wanna buy next regardless of price?
I have a small room, so a pair of MBL 126's for me.Or, Vandy Quatro CT's.Possibly a pair of small Sound Lab speakers.Bob 
Vandersteen 7 mark ll or big Kef blades
 started working at Sound by Singer That explain the attitude.B 
US Customs fees. What should I expect ?
I bought pottery from Italy a few years back. I can't remember exactly, but the tariff wasn't terrible (3-4%), but now that we are having a 'war', it might be higher.B