Responses from jkf011

Emotiva XPA-2 Gen 3 or NAD C 275BEE or Rotel RB-1582 MkII for Revel F208
I have the Emotiva and I couldn't be happier. Big sound, high current. superb value    
You don't lack bass, you have too much treble
Utter bollocks. In my large open listening room there's very little for bass to reflect on therefore little bass and high end fine. 2 subs solved it.  
Preamp - what's the purpose?
Funny no one seems to remark/notice that if your DAC has sub circuitry, gain, etc it IS a preamp too!   
Are there other people like me ? Amazed by their low cost system :)
Define "low cost.'Mine, by my reckoning, is high value and reasonable cost;but I couldn't have afforded any more. And it was actually going out on a limb to get what I wanted and that's; with a preamp I've had for 20 years! so my amp was like $150... 
Favorite Obscure Rock Song
"The Shape Of Things To Come" - The Headboys *You, I" - The Rugbys "Tula" - The Rumour "Sleeping" - Dwight Twilley      
Help me find a pre-amp
Yup Conrad Johnson   
Your greatest high end audio purchase!!!
Good Speakers for Rock and Roll Under 15K
I have Magnepan 1.7is and 2 subs and mostly what we listen to. Tube amp Class AB/D amp hybrid. Had all kinds of speakers over the years and these are the best esp for the price. However, you need a LOT of power and current to play loud - which I d... 
Best Amplifier for LS3/5a
Lots of current and power needed. Former owner, I know.   
Best Options For A Tubed Preamp - $2500 Or Less, Preferably Used To Maximize Value
Best and newest  Conrad Johnson you can afford  
Tube preamp with Adcom amp
Best CJ you can afford    
Was 1971 the high point of popular music?
Then why make the trolly statement in the first place? Manipulative narcissistic, AND nonsense.   
Was 1971 the high point of popular music?
 Nonsense. Every year is  better than the last. More music is added to the continuum of music.  Certainly the record companies were much more altruistic then - and they weren't very altruistic. Saying it was "the best" means you only like that mus... 
Does a particular musician’s songwriting and artistry speak to you above all others?
Steely Dan Nick Lowe Paul Weller  
Audiophilia: Is it the pursuit of audio excellence or just a desire to tinker.
God no. I hate "tinkering" with anything, my motorcycles, cars, etc. Don't do anything handy 'round the house, etc.