Responses from mitchagain

Cover songs that are better than the originals.
I can't believe no one's mentioned the Creedence Clearwater Revival version of "Heard It Through the Grapevine."¬†Also, go to YouTube and check out John Doe's (of X) cover of "A Case of You."¬† 
Cover songs that are better than the originals.
Lloyd Cole: "Chelsea Hotel"Poco: "Magnolia"Rosanne Cash: "River"Translator: "Today"Bryan Ferry: "All Tomorrow's Parties"Mott the Hoople: "Sweet Jane"The Primitives: "I'll Be Your Mirror"Allison Krause: "Can't Find My Way Home"Jeffrey Gaines: "Win"... 
Popular DAC that is known for its warm-ish sound?
Esoteric D - 07. There's one listed on Audiogon right now for $1431. 
What are your top songs that you use to evaluate a new high end purchase ?
I agree with BigKidz that a variety of "live recordings (acoustic & electric) is essential, as is songs where the notes have a lot of decay (particularly acoustic piano). Big picture wise, have some male and female vocals, while also focusing ... 
Another Speaker Recommendation Request
I recently demoed the Focal 1028 BE and the new Kanta 2. I had to go to two different dealers because each thought their speaker was better than the other one. I thought the Kanta was vastly better than the 1028 BE; and, the Kanta looks much bette...