jonwatches1

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Oh Ye of Little Format
Interesting result.  Most importantly, sounds like a fun time listening to music with friends  
How does solo piano help you evaluate audio gear?
@hilde45  I don’t think piano will be very useful unless you listen to a lot of piano, and already know some good piano music note for note. And there is plenty a Piano cannot tell you. I think this applies to all instruments/genres - there just ... 
Why People Like Tekton
@chayro  I love my archaic Harbeth Super HL5+ (resonant panels! inneficient! mundane tweeter materials! a fxcking port!) They are just a joy for listening; I don’t think about them when I am using them Beautiful sound, and wonderful levels of de... 
I am enjoying my analog system, but what can I do to improve?
Simplify signal chain and go for unified voicing? 1. Given room size, sell the two amps and replace with Pass labs pure class A (XA30.8) [that seems like a definite] 2. Add Pass pre and phonostage [or phonostage to taste]; sell the other stuff ... 
High End Intergraded comparisons, Marantz, McIntosh, Levinson, Luxman....
@steviet : With integrateds, consider finding one where the phonostage and DAC are done via plug-in cards (most high-end ones done this way, anyway). Phonostage could last a long time, but my view is that DACs obsolete sooner, so nice to be able ... 
Do good power cords have to be stiff?
Cardas power cords (lower level, which I what I know) seem flexible compared to most (as do lower level Nordost, though I haven’t handled those myself0  
Is Rap a valid musical form?
@jssmith and @mglik I’m really glad you both gave those songs a listen, even though you didn’t like them very much. What would be five songs you each would recommend? Things you like but might be off the beaten path - would be great to learn abo... 
Spotify vs. Apple Music vs. Google Play vs. Tidal: Which is Best
Roon/Tidal.  My only regret is that I didn’t start using Roon earlier. As to Tidal vs. Quobuz, no particular reason other than I tried Tidal first & liked it enough that I didn’t bother to check out Quobuz (summary of online economy) Spotify,... 
Majority Of Your Listening Is Online Streaming Service, Do You Buy CD's Or Vinyl Any More?
90% via Roon/Tidal. For me, the benefit is being able to “go down the rabbit hole” and explore an artist’s discography, whole genres, offshoots etc, and be able to queue up albums on the fly for listening. Went through 6 or 7 Dinah Washington albu... 
Tube integrated amps -- new Value Leaders?
@arafiq  - some random ideas (most built in North America or available via North American dealers, I think - a few others via UK, etc.). I’m not directly familiar with any of them - just came to mind & (I think) in the ballpark on price Aric ... 
Is Rap a valid musical form?
@krimsonhead   I listened to Leenalchi and it’s just fxcking bonkers in the best way possible. Love child of The Talking Heads, Bjork and B-52’s, and totally original. Great party music, and something I would never have heard of without your recom... 
Is Rap a valid musical form?
@daledeee1 give a listen to “Jungle Jay” by Olu Dara, the jazz musician (from his album, “In the World” The vocalist is his son, Nas. May not be your cup of tea, but I think an interesting example of where genres can go, and circle back on their ... 
Is Rap a valid musical form?
@mglik  - thanks for taking a listen, glad you saw something in the songs, even if not your cup of tea @krimsonhead  - thanks! I will give it a listen and let you know what I think @mglik   - btw, what are some things you’d have people listen to... 
Is Rap a valid musical form?
@bubba_buoy @brandonhall +1 I tried to come up with five songs worth listening to (above). Discuss (since you listen) (and @larsman and @stuartk absolutely tortured me over an ill-conceived Dead analogy) @serjio please take 15 minutes of your ... 
Primaluna?
@mozartfan - my observation is that a well-run luxury brand emphasizing quality *never* runs a “sales event”, both to maintain long-term economics as well as value associated with the brand. They might offer discount on an older product line as it...