Responses from jkf011

Tube or solid state
Both. Tube preamp and SS power amp.   
Do you find yourself turning down the bass on Coldplay albums?
Nope, never occurred to me - and couldn't if I wanted to as I have no tone controls and haven't since like 1981.   
What is the current retail cost of your reference system?
I'm always up go for highest value/deal/performance ratio. So to replace my 22yr old CJ preamp - $13500, amp - $1200, streamer - $600, CD Player - $400, speakers $2600. So: $18300  
Is there anything better than live recordings?
Been to, oh, a thousand or so concerts in last 50yrs (from Hip Hop to the Bolshoi), I have about 500 CDs and about 4000 songs saved on Qobuz. I have never, ever, heard a live recording of a track sound as good as the studio. Only very rarely does ... 
What are your top 3 favorite female singers?
Christine McVie, RIP, Carla Bonoff, k d lang    
Speakers that are good with tubes
Tubes, typically at least, give a warm sound that had absolutely nothing to do with efficiency of the speakers themselves. Current of your tbe amp would be more important than power. But assuming a typical audiophile 100-200w tube amp you can driv... 
Candidates for best speakers in the $2000-5000 market
If you have a decent sized room and the power (more accurately, current) Magnepan 1.7is win best speakers in that price point every year. Plus, doing Magna Risers really makes them sing even more   
Which LS3/5a?
Great discussion. In the mid '80s I bought a pair of Rogers branded speakers that I thought after all this time were LS3/5as and loved them. I drove them with a Hafler DH-200 and a CJ PV-2. They played loud with great detail and warmth, plenty of ... 
Do You Tell Others How Much You Have Invested in Your System?
Well I never worry about security but I do occassionally put rough numbers to my system with others. In my mind to show the great value it is.   
Tube preamp options
Unbelievable no one has mentioned conrad-johnson. You. Cannot go wrong. Brilliant quality and the best tube sound; several price points.   
Sad songs- We love them- We need them
David Gray has loads - he's rather known - or them but certainly one of the saddest songs ever is "The One I Love."   
Suggest one obsure album we all should hear
The Headboys eponymously titled album.   
Where did you buy your first audio gear?
Audio Warehouse. Sharonville, OH . Harmon Kardon 50w receiver, Sanyo tape deck, RtR bookshelf's, Dual Turntable, not sure of the cartridge, 1980.   
Whats playing on your system today?
Audio Warehouse. Sharonville, OH   
We Can Make Classic Cars Outperform Today's "SuperCars": Why Not Vintage Audio?
But, if it was free, who'd a feckin' Camaro over a Veyron? And yop speed is just whacking off. Lap times are what matter. Apex speeds, etc. Caring about 1/4mi and top speed is like saying the lowest system is the best, nonsense  And completely unl...