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Blindfold Speaker testing
I'm not sure if this is close to what the OP is referring to, but acoustic engineer, Floyd Toole has already performed blind tests at the Harman facilities in the LA area. https://www.stereophile.com/content/blind-listening-harman-international  
What's your favorite lyric from a song?
King Crimson - Happy FamilySong about the breakup of the Beatles Judas- Paul McCartneyJonah- John LennonSilas- George HarrisonRufus- Ringo Starr Happy family, one hand clap, four went by and none come back.Brother Judas, ash and sack, swal... 
Music for setting up speakers
I listened to some solo violin and cello, some folky vocals, some Led Zepp just because :0)maybe music where instruments are easily located ect I think you are on the right track listening to solo acoustic instruments. I would add some chamber ... 
What tracks offer the best left right separation?
I guess it depends on whether you are looking for studio ’tricks’ for L R separation, things like Dark Side of the Moon are always highly thought of, as is Wish You Were Here. Yellow as previously mentioned contains a lot of the same sort of studi... 
What kind of music do you like to hear the most?
To begin with, I am a fan of music that has all or most of the following attributes, in no particular order:High level of musicianshipComplexity (chord progressions, time signatures, harmonic structure, etc)Broad range of emotional content (positi... 
Favorite Guitar Solo
It would be hard for me to come up with just one.So many of my favorite guitarists, Like Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Alex Machacek, Jan Zehrfeld etc. hardly ever play the same solo twice. They are improvisors, based on a deep knowledge of m... 
For auld lang syne, ..high-end companies you really liked that are gone....
Electron Kinetics and the amazing Eagle 7a amplifier. Built by the very eccentric John Iverson*.Fidelity Research moving coil phono cartridges.* seriously, Google Iverson for a very strange and mysterious story about him. His disappearance is stil... 
Second hand components that can still kick butt today
Almost anything in Kenwood's "L" series of gear. This line was their late 70's through the 80's, assault on the US and the European high end market. And they were largely successful, at somewhat reasonable prices. The L-07m 150 watt mono amps (ori... 
Who is your overall favorite guitarist?
I am very late to this thread, but naming an overall favorite is next to impossible for me. For example, Allan Holdsworth may be my favorite guitarist (his inventiveness, his technique, those otherworldly chords...), but I certainly wouldn’t want ... 
Revisiting a piece of underground prog rock
Oh, and let me add, that I would not consider this an "underground" piece of prog. A solo album by any member of Genesis at the time, could not be underground. They were pretty mainstream at the time. After all, in the same year, there were a grea... 
Revisiting a piece of underground prog rock
For sure.The side long, title track is very good. Not a masterpiece, by any stretch, but a great listen. And the drum work by Simon Philips is worth the price of admission. Not a fan of the other side. 
Garbage In - Garbage Out
It seems to me that one thing that defines a hi-fi enthusiast is that, mostly, we listen to music and sometimes we listen to the system. After adjusting speaker position or re-tweaking cartridge, etc, you have to pay attention to the system to det... 
Garbage In - Garbage Out
As a "music first" audiophile, I put substantially more importance on the musical content, than the recording quality. But, it sure is nice when the two attributes align. Also, I must say, that even though the majority of my listening is done with... 
Renaissance Fans: great version Ashes are Burning live 1974
Yeah, I've noticed quite a few recently published live Renaissance vids on YouTube quite recently. All seen to be pretty good quality. 
Is your heart filled with a love of music, or something else?
Music, for me, is by far the best artform that exists. Nothing surpasses it for: variety, depth and range of emotion, and its ability to be appreciated after so many 'viewings'.Movies, TV, visual art, plays, etc, can all be great, but even the bes...