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Noir album recommendations
Audition THIS WORLD, THEN THE FIREWORKS soundtrack by the great PETE RUGOLO.  This was his last project.  Also remember that he composed and conducted scores for RICHARD DIAMOND, THRILLER, THE FUGITIVE, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, etc.  Have fun!  
Annoying newbie CD/SACD player question
I'm not sure why, but it seems that the Samsung DVD-HD841 doesn't get much mention (or respect),  it is affordable and sounds excellent, with an elegant look.  Never fails to read the SACD layer.  Aloha...  
Starting a Classical Vinyl Music Collection
Check out vintage RCA Living Stereo classical (shaded dog and white dog) and Mercury Living Presence albums.  Recorded by great engineers like Lewis Layton and Robert Fine.  Recent SACDs of these records sound terrific.  Favorites of mine include ... 
Good Speakers for Rock and Roll Under 15K
Pioneer HPM-100 speakers are suitable for many genres of music.  They sound great with The Who, Black Sabbath, Kraftwerk, Public Enemy, Ry Cooder, classical, etc.  
Your greatest high end audio purchase!!!
After years of listening pleasure, I would rank my vintage Pioneer SA-1000 integrated amplifier as my favorite component.  I use it as a solid state stereo amp, and as a preamplifier for my Alan Eaton 45 tube mono amp and Reisong A10.  Bought it a... 
50 ways to leave your lover
@jetter Mele Kalikimaka  
50 ways to leave your lover
This was not uneducated quarterbacking, Steve Gadd mentioned this in an interview years ago, also discussing his time in the U.S. Army Band.  
50 ways to leave your lover
The drum part is based on an Army funeral drum pattern, only played at a faster tempo.  You can hear that drum pattern played at John F. Kennedy's funeral procession (and in the movie JFK).  Happy Holidays!  
Help us build our playlist for our next show in November!
WRECKING BALL by Emmylou Harris BAHIA by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd Saint-Saens:  SYMPHONY No. 3, Mvt II by Boston Symphony/Charles Munch  
What was your first record?
HELP! by The Beatles  
Best Receiver?
I love the Sherwood S-7100A receiver for its excellent sound, simplicity and elegance.  
best SACD player
Hey, what about the Samsung DVD-HD841?  Affordable, elegant and nice.  
45 Singles You Just Had to Buy
"Low Rider" by War (at Kahala Music in 1976...I still play it)  
what are your top "audio bargins" in your system history?
The following bargains were found at thrift stores or garage sales: Marantz 2235B receiver, $10 Pioneer SA-1000 integrated amplifier, $10 Soundcraftsmen 2640TX speaker, $6 Technics SL-1200M3D turntable, $12 Pioneer HPM-100 speakers (near mint... 
Small, Effective Subwoofers?
Check out the Velodyne Mini Vee powered subwoofers.  I use one with my Marantz 2235B receiver and ADS L300 speakers.