hickory_r

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Favorite Guitar Solo
Leo Kottke - just about all of his work  
Speakers good for close to wall placement
MartinLogan Masterpiece speakers sound best about three feet from the wall. 
What sends shivers down your spine when you play it on your system?
What a great thread!  Some terrific suggestions, lots of new music to try - and very little off topic techno-twiddle and sniping.  Thanks OP for starting this.My nomination is Rebecca Pidgeon’s Spanish Harlem. 
Best used integrated under $5k
Have you considered Simaudio?  There is currently a 340i listed.  (No, I’m not the seller) 
Help regarding SACD/CD players
Anton - For what it’s worth, I purchased a used Arcam SACD player / streamer and I couldn’t be happier.  It sounds great and has opened my world to the benefits of SACDs.  It’s been operating fine for three years.  Go for it! 
Why does a Music Server require high processing CPU power?
@djones51 = I think you’ve nailed it!With respect to the OP’s citation of one such music server which employs dual Xenon 10 core processors (the Taiko Audio SGM Extreme), turns out that device is also running Roon and the Jplay software suite.  Th... 
Why does a Music Server require high processing CPU power?
Thanks for your thoughtful response Eric. You are correct to point out that numerous cores do not necessarily correlate to total processing power.  Nearly all the CPU-intensive activities you cite (except for equalization) are the responsibility o... 
How many people here generally buy used?
Mostly used.  Certainly the best value. 
SACD
If you like female jazz vocalists pick up Rebecca Pidgeon’s The Raven from Chesky Records. Her rendition of Spanish Harlem will blow you away.  This is my go-to track for demonstrating my system.  The whole album is good, IMO, and it will also sho... 
Most annoying song, period.
The dogs barking Jingle Bells.  And it’s that time of year - Aaargh! 
Do you guys like Adele's music?
Not especially, but that’s not to say she’s not talented. 
Saxaphone vs. Trumpet...Which do you prefer?
Alto Sax 
SACD Player--Do you use it and feel you'd replace it if it broke?
I would absolutely replace my SACD player if necessary.  I only own about 15-20 SACDs but six or eight of them are my favorites (can’t live without).  My son streams from Tidal and I’ve tried to share this music with him but much of it just isn’t ... 
Horn Speaker Recommendations
Check out these guys.  I heard their speakers at a show last year and was blown away.  http://classicaudioloudspeakers.com 
Favorite music list in order
Another another+1 for the time of day makes a difference camp.  It’s not a hard rule, just a recognized pattern. I like to start my day with coffee and Brazilian jazz.  I suspect the time of day preferences are really mood related as moods often r...