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Is R.E.M. underrated by new music nerds?
@jastralfu Same here. They were such a part of my musical tapestry, but now no one under the age of 35 has listened to them. Which is not surprising considering those that are now 35 were in single digits when Jane's hit the scene.   
Is R.E.M. underrated by new music nerds?
I've often wondered at how some of those artists which formed such an integral part of the 90s Alt rock zeitgeist haven't really stood the test of time among the current masses: REM 10000 Maniacs Jane's Addiction Collective Soul and others.   
Moving Magnet Phono Cartridges
Glad you enjoy the AT! I have both a Clearaudio Maestro V2 (mm) and a Hana SL (mc) cartridge which I switch out every now and then for variety's sake and to save wear and tear. The Hana is better at imaging while the Maestro casts a wider soundst... 
Ayre CX7-E vs Rega Saturn; your thoughts please
I wonder if the OP, some 15 years ago, ever made a decision   
Have you found your "End-Game" speakers yet? I have. And it feels so good!!!
Yes - Reference 3A de Capos. Paired with a good subwoofer and this is all Ill ever need. Well - I may try Klipsch Cornwalls at some time...  
A reasonably priced DAC upgrade from Schiit Gumby
@gemoody Interesting idea. I'm hesitant insofar as adding another element into the signal path.  @glennewdick Yes - that's def. an option  
A reasonably priced DAC upgrade from Schiit Gumby
@soix good questions.  Budget is no more than $1500 used.  I'm streaming through the mconnect app via tidal and my Oppo.    @ghdprentice thank you for the perspective   
+1 I Like It!
This trio is spectacular! I managed to land their Midnight Sugar 45 lp b4 it took off. Love the dynamics and presence.   
Acoustic Zen Adagio- information request
Yes, I had these for a number of years - bought new from Robert Lee - and loved them. Your Lyngdorf should be a good match for them and they really do shine even at low volumes. Fantastic presentation and really crystal clarity. They pinpointed as... 
Anyone Know the Band Playing on T-Mobile Commercial?
Don't know which spot you're referring to, but this site helps you locate music, actors and other aspects of commercials.    https://www.ispot.tv/    
Did a satisfaction threshold exist under 1000 bucks ?
Speaking of Thoreau, Steve reichert's "Gramophone Dreams" column in this month's Stereophile pretty much highlights the unctuous, boujee lifestyle some audiophiles live. (is this the article you referred to, @kota1 ?) . He was visiting a friend wh... 
Did a satisfaction threshold exist under 1000 bucks ?
In the past few months I've sold off an incredibly good dac, an amazing phono stage, and now I'm without vinyl for the foreseeable future until I managed to find another really good photo stage when I have the money. Right now my system consists o... 
New and engaging rap and hip hop artists
@czarivey +1 on Alfamist. Had the Good Fortune to find his Antifon vinyl from a seller in England and jumped on it about a year ago and it sounds incredible. That combination of songwriting production and emotion and Jazz and Hip Hop is unparallel... 
Totem Mani 2 At The Thrift
Totems at a thrift store? That's like a car in a barn find! Lucky you! A few years ago I found a pair of Spica 50s at a local thrift store and I thought that was a golden egg fine for Thrift stores.  
Rotel CD Players
+1 on the 1072 @mofimadness They are truly giant killers and deserve all the many accolades they've received!