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Mexing Ming Da, who I have successfully purchased amplifiers from twice in the past, declined my order for a pre amp and said that at the moment the cost of shipping is too high to my area (New Zealand) and that I should wait until normal flow is ... 
If you had access to a time machine, what concerts would you go back to see?
back to March 31st 1986 buy Microsoft shares at $.061 each! 
CD player reliability.... good and bad.
Shanling Tube output Player died after 2 years, Marantz 6005 has lasted and still going 4 years on. BUT has started to be fussy on which CDs it will play. I take care of my CD's as I do my LP's, but frequently played CD's often wont play on the Ma... 
Recommendations for modern integrated with tone & balance controls other than Mcintosh
I have kept my tube monoblocks and use a Yamaha AS1100 as a Pre Amp, which gives me balance, bass, and treble for low sound output. Also is useful with troubleshooting to have an additional power amp. Only thing with the Yamaha it only has one pre... 
Suggest one obsure album we all should hear
Matt Bianco https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU4H87kjl90 
Which speakers did you find bright, fatiguing or just disappointing in some way?
Martin Logan ESL-X on demo they hooted, squawked and buzzed at me getting very lost on complex pieces. 
How to go about collecting Classical Music
Years back I bought someones classical collection of about 1000 LP's. Slowly working through them but I must say it does not grab me like the other albums in my collection - Jazz, R&B, Rock. There is also a great variation in recording, with t... 
Which Component Has the Greatest Affect on Low-Level Listening
Tone controls on the preamp to compensate for lower volumes. Took me years to realize this as for 30 years my equipment had no tone control. 
what are some of best tonearms you own or experience with.
www.designbuildlisten.com/ The Wand Plus 10.3 wrangled onto a 1980's Linn Sondek 
$10K Budget for Speakers: Martin Logan Masterpiece vs Tannoy
I did a direct same day, several hours, comparison between Martin Logan and Focal Electra 1038 BE, and chose the Focal's over the Martin Logan by a wide margin. Now end of line, the Electra 1038 BE's can be bought for well under $10k. Well worth t... 
What song do you use for evaluation
Matt Bianco vinyl LP ’Who’s side are you on’,  
Who are your three favorite female singers?
Jennifer Warne, Amy Winehouse, Tracy Chapman 
What has been your costliest mistake in this hobby?
Ham fisted and connecting arm cable to a high end Dynavector and pushed the connecting pin into the cartridge. 
Doe you enjoy your listening to music and your system more with others or alone?
Mostly solitary, sometimes with another person, but you need a individual who has the ability to 'shut up and listen' otherwise it just becomes background music. 
Don't like vinyl
I do suffer from end of side anxiety, knowing that very soon I will have to stand and operate a delicate piece of equipment. Pick up a vinyl disc without inflicting thumbprints, store that disc, select and fit another without spilling my drink.