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"RUSH" Vinyl remasters vs CD --Sound differences...OPINIONS?
The absolute best and worst-sounding CD you own ?
Don't know about the best, have to think about that.The worst: love the music, but the recording is just god-awful.  Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes: Tooth, Fang, and Claw. 
"RUSH" Vinyl remasters vs CD --Sound differences...OPINIONS?
Big Rush fan here since 1976.I cannot comment on the vinyl remasters as I don't have a TT setup.  But, I have bought many incarnations of Rush CD's, from originals to remasters, and have found them all to be rather middling in SQ.  Then I took a c... 
What is your goto reference recording
I also use a number of recordings. Two of the most used are Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major "Pastorale" conducted by Bruno Walter w/the CSO on SACD for strings/woodwinds and Holly Cole "Don’t Smoke in Bed" for female vocals. 
Can anyone recommend a great tube preamp that also has a headphone out?
This one has been getting many great reviews not only for the preamp but for the HP amp section as well, the Linear Tube Audio MZ2 w/ LPS.  It's what I will be buying in the next year or so. 
Which Patricia Barber album floats yer boat?
Thanks for your query @marktomaras.  I'm still spinning silver discs (only).  But, I've decided to get the RBCD copy of Companion as I couldn't justify almost $100 for the SACD. 
exceptional voices of female singers (non-classical)
Holly ColeJulie LondonClaire Martin 
Are You Experienced?
Thanks for this tablejockey and jafant. 
What do you listen to when no one else can hear it
The Best of Missing Persons.  My kid can't stand it.  Most of my friends just shake their heads when they find out I have it.  But it's a nostalgia trip for me back to the 80's.  Besides, Dale Bozzio was HOT! 
Whats playing on your system today?
Stanley Clarke, self-titled, from 1974.  Been getting into a bunch of '70's fusion lately esp. RTF and Billy Cobham. 
Which Patricia Barber album floats yer boat?
I only have two of Ms. Barber's CD's, Cafe Blue and Modern Cool (on BR and SACD).  I like Modern Cool the best for its moody flavor.Please forgive the slightly off-topic question.  I want to purchase Companion.  Anyone out there compare the SACD t... 
What music do you want to play really loud?
Little Neutrino, on 3:47 E.S.T. by KlaatuIf I Only Had A Brain, on One Step Ahead of the Spider by MC 900 Ft. Jesusanything by Rush, 1982 and earlier 
Who do you like for equipment mods?
I have enjoyed my Sony's with VSE mods installed by either Bill Thalmann (east coast) or Warren Gregoire (west coast).  Positive experiences with both. 
Bluray Hi Rez audio
Thanks for the info, mikhaelkuz. 
Bluray Hi Rez audio
When I was looking into possibly getting an external DAC for my Oppo 105, I was under the impression (from the material I had read) that I couldn't output DSD from it.  Am I mistaken?