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Is this sign of getting old?
Interesting thread, as I am 70 and my listening tastes have expanded, yet I still embrace the songs of my youth.I love old blues, yes I have John Lee Hooker and Howling Wolf on the playlist in my car.Yet I have found Eva Cassidy, Chris Issac and M... 
What was your first big eye opener with regard to audio?
Three come to mind, Late 60s hearing decent separates for the first time, hearing Maggies for the first time and finally how MC501s made my 3.6 Maggies sing. 
What Sonically is the Difference between a $1,500 CD Player and a $10K-$25K One?
There are places where large sums are wisely spent, and others where it is a fools errand.Part of this hobby is discerning one from the other.  Not all of us have unlimited funds, yet we aspire to great sound to give us continuing joy.CDs have the... 
I lied to my wife about the price of Stax 009S headphone
I feel sorry for those who feel the need to lie to their wives.  When I was shopping for my 3.6 Maggies, my wife told me that if I wanted them, I could get the 20.7s, an extra 6 or 7K at that time.We support each other’s hobbies and life remains b... 
Sound quality vs. volume
I am with the folks who believe your amp is a significant part of the issue.  If you can borrow tour friends Diablo 300, that would be an inexpensive way to make that determination.When I went from an Adcom amp to McIntosh 501s driving 3.6 Maggies... 
Musicians in your living room vs. you in the recording hall?
In my youth I had season tickets to Andre Previn conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Hein Hall, a noted acoustical venue.  I also listened to live jazz in the local clubs, i.e Modern Jazz Quartet with Milt Jackson on vibes.They are ver... 
How far have ss amps really come in the last twenty years?
The is no doubt that designs and execution have advanced over time.  Yet I have to ask myself after deep reflection, how much better is it really?When I purchased my first decent system of separates, 50 years ago while in the service, I had a smal... 
How important is manufacture support and service in your buying?
One of the reasons I am a big McIntosh fan is the fact that they have been in business for about 70 years.  Their products can be serviced, refreshed, bought and sold easily and hold Their value over time.I spent time as a business academic years ... 
Why No McIntosh Recommendations?
McIntosh is similar to scotch as it is an acquired taste.   I have 3.6 Maggie’s driven by MC501 mono blocks.  I bought my amps 9 years ago and if I chose to sell them, I would get ALL my money back.How many pieces of gear can you say that about.  ... 
which car is sitting in your listening room?
List price new, a nice Camry, in context, we have a couple of E Class Mercedes, so my audio spending is not over the top in terms of proportion to our lifestyle. 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
WC,The journey continues, as it must for you (to our great pleasure watching and learning from your travels).The price of this is letting some really great components go to others to enjoy.No one can afford to keep the many killer pieces you have ... 
What are the advantages to a Class A amp & what are the trade offs?
At the end of the day, it is your ears that decide.  Class A has certain very distinct attributes that factor into its choice.I have reasonably inefficient speakers (planars) that require a bit more power / current than is typically availabke from... 
WHAT SHOULD BE MY NEXT SYSTEM UPGRADE?
I would suggest evaluating speakers, i.e. Maggies as well as room treatments.  The best bang for the buck is often the least expensive. I recommend listening to Magnepans due to your choice of music.  We all have our favorites, but listening costs... 
Buy a $40,000 10 year old amp for $4,000 or new amp for same money?
I bought a pair of McIntosh MC501 mono block amps 10 years ago for 6K, can sell them for more than that today.  Care to compare Class D amps from 10 years ago and their resale price today?Quality will always trump the newest thing. 
What system can adequately reproduce the sounds of a tanker being hit by torpedo ?
As someone who served in submarines in the US Navy, I find this thread offensive on many levels.  I shall comment no more