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50 years of Hip Hop- How Come?
Not a fan at all. But my dislike is based purely on the music itself. I tend to only like music that has most or all of the following attributes: Very high levels of musicianship, musical complexity, deep and broad range of emotional and/or int... 
Great Small Room Speakers for $3-5k
I would highly recommend checking out Andrew Jones new speaker he designed for MoFi, the SourcePoint 10. At $3700, they are somewhat of a giant killer. Jones is one of the best speaker designers around.  
What are your top three favorite classical compositions?
As it appears most folks like orchestral,     My list is mostly orchestral, only because those are the pieces that come to mind first. But truth be told, there are plenty of pieces for chamber ensembles that I rate equally as those in my lis... 
Who says studio monitors are "cold and analytical"?
The contention that since studio monitors are used in a studio, they must be super accurate is not correct. Engineers use them as tools, and each individual engineer has specific things they want to hear. In fact, they will often switch between m... 
Favourite Guitarists
Plenty more could go on either of these lists. Prog: Steve Hackett Steve Hillage Steve Howe Robert Fripp Franco Mussida (Italian prog great) Gabriel Federow and James Mac Gaw (from Magma) Fred Frith (from avant-prog band, Henry Cow) Jazz: Alla... 
Heist/ crime songs
U.K. - Danger Money (about the life of a hitman) Supertramp - Crime of the Century Steely Dan - Kid Charlemagne (about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and Owsley's illegal  LSD manufacturing in the Oakland hills getting raided) Golden Earri... 
Instrumentalists you can recognize after 6 bars..?
Here is a partial list. Guitar: Allan Holdsworth Al Demeola John McLaughlin Steve Howe Steve Hackett Keys: Keith Emerson Chic Corea Keith Jarrett Cecil Taylor Hiromi Bass: Percy Jones Jaco Stanley Clarke Chris Squire Drums: Bill... 
If there was only ONE album/cd/release you can listen to, over and over.............
I could never, no matter how much I tried or how much time I had, narrow my choice for one "best album". The thought of doing so can't even enter my mind. First of all, I listen to 3 main genres, each has several subgenres. There are quite a few ... 
A light-hearted essay on loving music vs the audiophilia obsession
In any case, yeah, it’s a common trope that audiophiles are more interested in chasing quality of sound than quality of performance, but that’s a pretty unforgiving perspective. I am going to have to agree with @edcyn on this. It was very tale... 
What are your top three favorite classical compositions?
Three!? Seriously! I could never narrow it down to just three, even 10 wouldn't be able to cover all the classical music I rate equally highly. So, I will have to cheat. 😉 I am only into: 20th century, atonal, serial, avant-garde classical music... 
What was the first CD with great drums??
You might have to go a bit further with what defines good sounding recorded drums to you, though. Do you mean, the sound of drums the way they tend to be recorded on the vast majority of studio rock, pop, etc., recordings? I.e., every drum with i... 
Confession: I only like Norah Jones because so many others told me to
Seems like the OP, despite the title of this thread, cannot actually like Norah Jones. They can profess to like her, but no one can actually like someone because they are coerced to by the audiophile press, or other audiophiles. To me, while I ad... 
Favorite Genesis Tracks?
In my opinion, they lost more from a purely musical standpoint, when Steve Hackett left the band, than when Gabriel left. Sure, their very best material was recorded with Gabriel, but Trick of the Tail and Wind and Wuthering are only small drop o... 
Songs of debauchery and excess
A song about heroin addiction by prog band, IQ. "The Enemy Smacks" The Enemy Smacks  
Music for 2022- Is It Just Me Or?..
Not for me! For the genres I listen to (various subgenres of prog, jazz, modern classical), 2022 was a pretty good year. Not as good as some, but still good. This is probably about 25% of my purchases of new, not reissues or archive material, in...