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Hidden Gems in Classic Rock Albums
Spirit - Street Worm (from 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus) Danny O'Keefe - Quits (So Long Harry Truman) P. Floyd - San Tropez (Meddle) James Gang - Woman (Rides Again) Zappa & the Mothers - Trouble Every Day (Freak Out) Savoy Brown - I'll Ma... 
Admitting my error…
It rarely, if ever, gets mentioned that buying used vinyl can be a disappointing venture since the vinyl only sounds as good as the condition of the last stylus that traversed those grooves. I gave up on used vinyl for that reason after springing... 
My Oppo 105 finally bricked. Streamer suggestions?
@simao  I haven't yet, but I will. Thanks  for the suggestion. (it goes against the grain, but I might even consult the owner's manual)  
My Oppo 105 finally bricked. Streamer suggestions?
I just had a WeChat conversation with with the oppo link to India and wouldn’t be surprised if I was connected to AI chat bot. Ultimately I was informed they don’t support products not sold in India, and that was the end of our chat. my BDP-205... 
Forced to DIY
Being an ME vs EE I stay away from complex electrical repairs, but had to replace 3 or 4 push button on/off switches on a CJ MV-75 amplifier. It was pretty simple, even if soldering multiple wires to a terminal got involved a few times. Consideri... 
What is the VERY BEST CD album you've ever heard?
Heretobuy: +1 the Centennial Collection of Robert Johnson is the holy grail for those who love blues but could never get completely into the (understandably) noisy earlier releases, which made concentrating on the music difficult. How one man co... 
What is the VERY BEST CD album you've ever heard?
The remastered 96 bit It’s a Beautiful Day cd sounds spectacularly good, especially “Wasted Union Blues”…..one of the heaviest tunes of the 60’s. My Hendrix Band of Gypsies cd with 2 bonus cuts was (I think) rare up until the complete concerts bo... 
Women Who Rock
I gotta throw in Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics. In my opinion the most 'tittilating" of all the women mentioned, although Grace Slick is one also.. Never saw Wendy live; she appeared in this forum recently as among the loudest shows people ... 
LOUDEST Concert and Tinnitus
Jacksonville Coliseum 1974(?) Black Sabbath. First two songs sounded amazing then drenching sound level panicked me…..ear canals felt “slick”….stuffed napkins didn’t stop 4-5 days of ringing numbness. Johnny Winter, smaller club New Orleans 1980;... 
RIP David Lindley
What a talent. RIP. If he now rests in a gravesite, I hope his final ride was a Mercury.  
Female vocalist recommendations
Marianne Faithful - Strange Weather & Blazing Away are good starting places; Bill Frisell is a featured guitarist, among other virtuosos. Linda Thompson (Richard’s ex) - Dreams Fly Away is a good place to start; her and Richard’s albums Pour ... 
"Audiophile" Power Cables: The Greatest Audio Conspiracy Theory of All Time?
Still don’t see how wiring upstream of power conditioner can make a big difference…..are power conditioners lacking? FWIW, in1657 French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal made the comment about writing a shorter letter. Anecdotally of ... 
How do you stop house guest from damaging your speakers?
No one ever gets close to the tubes....and my speakers have no removable covers. The worst I've experienced is when a friend actually was paying attention when I remarked how loud my system can get.....he picked up the remote and cranked the volu... 
50 years of Hip Hop- How Come?
Lot to unpack. In this day of instant music availability no one has to mow lawns and save up to agonize over which album to buy. The Temptations "Ball of Confusion", 1970, sure sounds like hip-hop to me. Every time I think "new" music is a tota... 
What is the current retail cost of your reference system?
Illuminating answers, especially regarding cost percentages.  I wouldn’t have guessed speakers would so often cost that much less than the other components. Retail on my system is a guesstimate $35-$45K but I paid less, a lot less. Why couldn’t...