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Focal Kanta No 2
J-wall, you're finding out that one significant upgrade tends to lead to yet another upgrade. It's an expensive hobby, but well worth it.The Kanta 2's have only been out for two years; so, it seems a little early for a redo. However, discounting t... 
Best debut album
I saw The Dolls open for Mott The Hoople in 1973 on the All The Young Dudes tour. It was probably the wildest show that I ever saw. Best described as "Halloween on acid." 
Focal Kanta No 2
I also received the email about the Kanta # 2's at TMR Audio for $5600. I auditioned them and they look even better in person!You should jump all over that deal and quick!! 
Best debut album
Richard Barone - "Cool Blue Halo"It came out about a year before MTV Unplugged started, and it pretty much started the chamber pop movement. 
Best debut album
@bkeskeThanks for the Mark Eitzel stories! His concert monologues are legendary. I can only imagine what he is like to talk to. I lived in Ohio for 3 years in the 80's, and my job frequently had me on High Street near the OSU campus. There was a g... 
Best debut album
+ 1 on the "usual suspects": Doors - Hendrix - Led Zep - King Crimson - Television - Dire Straits - Rickie Lee Jones - Pretenders - Elvis Costello - Joe Jackson & REM.+ 1 on the "not so" usual suspects: Dada - Jellyfish - Spirit - Velvet Under... 
10K system
If a had a friend looking to put together a $10K system, I'd recommend buying used whenever possible and it would look something like this:INTEGRATED AMP ($2K budget): I like the combination of a tube preamp and a solid stare amp; so, you're choic... 
Upgrade fever
While I agree with the majority who suggest adding a subwoofer(s), I more strongly agree with the minority who suggest that you add a DAC and then use the Linn as a transport only.The current generation of DAC's have improved mightily and you'll h... 
Do we ask too much of our audio systems?
Anyone involved with photography knows that a camera cannot totally capture what the human eye sees; so, the same goes for our ears when comparing an audio system to a live concert or being a fly on the wall in a  recording studio.So, I guess it c... 
CAN WE AUDIOPHILES DO OUR PART?
A simple thing that you can do is to sign an online petition to help independent music venues that are struggling because of this pandemic. The National Independent Venues Association consists of 1300+ music venues from all 50 states. Their websit... 
What kind of listener are you?
@barts, I completely agree that a new piece of equipment or added tweak causes more analytical listening. But, perhaps we should substitute the adjective "scientific" for "analytical" listening, as we are obviously trying to prove to ourselves tha... 
Wow an old album that rocked your world
@nitrobob, I flew to Baltimore last March to catch a Crack The Sky acoustic show at The Baltimore Soundstage. They were backed by a 5 piece string quartet and the show was fantastic. John Palumbo said they were taping the show; but, it has yet to ... 
Wow an old album that rocked your world
Richard Barone - "Cool Blue Halo"Crack The Sky - "Crack The Sky"Bruce Cockburn - "Inner City Front" 
Suggestions for $2k budget
I see 2 listings on The Music Room website (TMRAudio.com) that is in your budget:1) VANDERSTEEN 2CE Signature II @ $1799 *2) TRIANGLE Esprit Gaia EZ @ $2200 I also see 2 listings on AUDIOGON that is in your budget: 1) PSB Platinum T - 8 @ 1800 *... 
Most amusing album or song titles
"Oscillate Wildly" - The SmithsProbably best known for being used as background muzak by the Weather Channel during their early days of existence.