Responses from jkf011

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.    
Best RCA interconnect up to ~$100?
Straightwire.com, great stuff  
RtR large bookshelf 2ways if u remember (1980) RtR 600DS Rogers LS7a DCM Time Window 1a JMLab Daline 3.1 (nice sound but fragile and not meant to be played super loud all the time - with a hafler 100w amp anyway.  Klipsch RF13? Magnepan 1.7i... 
Whats playing on your system today?
Philip Glass "Akhenaten" opera   
Speaker that are 'KEEPERS" for the long haul!!!
I can't imagine ever upgrading or replacing my Magnepan 1.7is  
Tube or solid state
Both. Tube preamp and SS power amp.   
Do you find yourself turning down the bass on Coldplay albums?
Nope, never occurred to me - and couldn't if I wanted to as I have no tone controls and haven't since like 1981.   
What is the current retail cost of your reference system?
I'm always up go for highest value/deal/performance ratio. So to replace my 22yr old CJ preamp - $13500, amp - $1200, streamer - $600, CD Player - $400, speakers $2600. So: $18300  
Is there anything better than live recordings?
Been to, oh, a thousand or so concerts in last 50yrs (from Hip Hop to the Bolshoi), I have about 500 CDs and about 4000 songs saved on Qobuz. I have never, ever, heard a live recording of a track sound as good as the studio. Only very rarely does ... 
What are your top 3 favorite female singers?
Christine McVie, RIP, Carla Bonoff, k d lang    
Speakers that are good with tubes
Tubes, typically at least, give a warm sound that had absolutely nothing to do with efficiency of the speakers themselves. Current of your tbe amp would be more important than power. But assuming a typical audiophile 100-200w tube amp you can driv... 
Candidates for best speakers in the $2000-5000 market
If you have a decent sized room and the power (more accurately, current) Magnepan 1.7is win best speakers in that price point every year. Plus, doing Magna Risers really makes them sing even more