Responses from smholl

"All Things Must Pass"-Tower Records Documentary
I used to go to the Tower Records in Westwood Village, near UCLA.If I remember it was 2 story. Great jazz selection. 
Herbie Hancock best recordings
A few others I don't see mentioned: 1) Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea in Concert.Recorded during 1978 tour at various venues. Very well recorded.2) HH & Wayne Shorter 1+1. Piano and soprano sax.3) Headhunters- Funky period. 
What is the best phono preamp you have heard?
I have used numerous phono preamps over the past 20 years. But the internal phono board in my Classe CP-500 preamp sounds the best. Possibly because it is not outboard? I don't know. But very nice sounding.Figured I might as well contribute to a 1... 
CI Audio or King Rex PSU for Squeezebox Touch
I use a Welborne Labs PS on both my Touch and Duet. Great improvement over stock wall-wart. 
Buying Fewer CD's & LP's Because of Pandora?
I use Rhapsody to listen to entire albums. If I feel that I want to own the album at higher resolution, then I'll purchase the CD or LP. Rhapsody has definitely cut my CD/LP purchases at least by half. 
Poor sound from rental Blu-Ray discs
I did notice the "The Hunger Games" rented from Netflix only offered standard Dolby surround. None of the blu-ray sound formats, DTS-Master, etc. came up in the menu.Store bought copy has all the sound formats. 
Cartridges that work best on an OL Encounter MK3C?
I am using an OL Encounter on my Basis 1400. Current cartridge is Benz Micro Glider SL. Very nice match. Phono pre is Heed Quasar. 
What to upgrade first
Another vote for turntable/cartridge/phono pre upgrade. 
Best Two-Way Monitor Speakers under $700 New/Used
Monitor Audio RX-2. Great sounding monitor. Is your friend considering adding a subwoofer? 
Better Record Cleaning Method
I always clean new vinyl with my Nitty-Gritty. You never know what could be lerking in brand new grooves. 
Duet to Touch for next upgrade?
I would not use the volume control in the Duet. It is a digital volume control and you will lose bit resolution.I have tried it and it sounds terrible. 
Disappointing Albums of 2012
Notec - I hear ya. I stopped at Rush's last good record "Grace Under Pressure" (IMO). 
Preamp for McIntosh MC252
I used a McIntosh C42 when I had my MC252. SS with MM phono pre. Nice match. 
Monitor Audio Silver RS6 - What Speaker Cables?
I used Acoustic Zen Satori when I had the RS6 in my 2 channel system. Previous to that, I used Analysis Plus Oval 9. Satori better them in every way. 
Monitor Audio Rx1?
How about ordering a pair from Audio Advisor. They have a 30 day return policy. They have free shipping for purchases over $99. If you don't care for them, return on your nickel. I'm thinking about trying the RX-1 and RX-2.