Responses from coltrane1

Do I Need a Dedicated Streamer?
No. But you do “need” a turntable. :) I don’t own a streamer because it’s simply another venture down the digital rabbit hole. I’ve got turntables, and a dac. That’s enough digital for me. I’d rather invest into a stellar TT setup than digital. I... 
Do I upgrade my cartridge or my turntable
Turntable. Absolutely!  
Was 1971 the high point of popular music?
No. Reason being is that Philly was only just getting started.. Plus Stevie’s all time best album, Songs in the Key of Life didn’t even come out until 1976.    Both Motown and Philly put out tons of top selling music after ‘71. And Disco didn’t ... 
"Diminishing Returns"
You can buy one heckuva system spending $12-$15k buying used gear. I’m completely satisfied and frankly can’t justify spending more to gain a small amount of difference. “A man’s got to know his limitations.” - Dirty Harry   
Has buying and/or selling audio gear changed?
Why give your hard earned money to someone who you don’t know if they’re going to ship the item or not, if it will get damaged in transit or not, and you have no recourse to reclaim the money you paid? No FF is for non credible sellers. End of st... 
Is There Just One Single Album That Does It For You, Completely? Just One.
Two. Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. Issac Hayes Shaft, and or Black Moses. Each were done in 1971. I’ve never recovered, as nothing else comes close. And I’m a jazz man.   
Martin Logan vs. Everything
I’ve owned ML’s for 35 years. I’ve also owned Open Baffle speakers, which are a different type of dipole speaker. We all have our speaker preferences. We don’t need to attempt to justify why we choose what we do. Simply enjoy them, and allow other... 
How long does it take your tube amp to warm up?
I’ve tube mono’s and a tube preamp. I’d say at least an hour to sound it’s absolute best!    
Ideas for Pre/Power $9000?
Metal? Save your money. You won’t hear any improvement much with Metal.   
Anyone has a reference system where amplification is SS ?
Tubes, still rule the earth, even in 2023. Amazing since they’ve been around for over a Century.   
BEST little know Jazz Album that you ever heard?
Hands down, Nat Adderley’s, The Old Country. Featuring a young Vincent Herring on alto. Released on an obscure label in Japan only. The quintet is really really good, and the entire album is a masterpiece. It’s been my go to recording for 35 year... 
Old records.
All you need is a VPI 16.5. But man, have fun cleaning that many records!  
Does a record player make that much of a difference??
You have to ask?! He** yeah, the biggest difference!  
Big speakers, are they really the best way to get great sound?
Go big, or go home!  
Audio stand needed....Moving main components from mechanical room to listening room
I purchased 10 Lovan stands used years ago. Best audio investment I’ve ever made. Each stand is filled with lead pellets. They’re sonic perfection, and each stacks easily via spike inserts on the bottom. I have a wall of 3 stacks each that creates...