Responses from mcondo

Annoying newbie CD/SACD player question
Re Sony cd/sacd/dvd players, I have an old s570. CD layer is mid fi at best but I find the player sounds pretty good playing SACD's with good amp and speakers (YBA/ProAc) They can be good interim or back up players IMHO.   
Vintage cassette playlists
I never knew there were programmable turntables!  
Stream Apple Music at 192khz through C49 DAC
I believe if you use Airplay it is limited to 44khz. So no hires.   
Opinion: Modern country is the worst musical genre of all time
bdp24 - great post on Americana.  
Opinion: Modern country is the worst musical genre of all time
I would add that Americana (which I love) is not the only genre with quality country music. What I call "outlaw' country is very good - think Hank Williams Jr., Osborne Brothers, Chris Stapleton, Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, etc. You can fin... 
Marantz SA11-S2 Laser assembly
Thanks, I see the replacements on Ebay. Given the pricing I am going to assume they are not OEM. I may try to replace myself - that solder ball was likely removed by Marantz when they replaced the laser several years ago.   
Best Love Songs
+1 on Missing you.  
Heist/ crime songs
Brothers Osborne - Ain't My Fault  
Springsteen. Only the Strong Survive
I recommend also watching the video of Do I Love You - great band and back up singers. Apparently this song was never released commercially and somehow Bruce dug it up and did it justice.   
Krauss/Plant CMT Crossroads
CMT is a Country music TV channel. I get it thru my Comcast/Xfinity package. Might be on You Tube but not sure.   
Rock performers that play/record a different genre
Honeydrippers! I have that cd and forgot about it. Pretty good sound also.   
Best Sound Track Ever Vote for One
Hell or High Water - great outlaw country.   
Blind Test: mp3 vs. 24bit
I find these A/B tests futile. The real test, at least for me, is to listen to a familiar song/album at the higher resolution, then the same at the mp3 (or whatever). Your ears will tell you which is the lesser quality - the song won't sound "righ... 
Best unplugged live
+1 on Stripped. Start with Not fade away and come around back to SFM and Like a Rolling Stone. Much better mix that way imho.    
Nominees For Worst Recording Of All Time
Anything by Arcade Fire. Great live, records absolutely suck.