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The Most Philosophical Song You Ever Heard
XTC  - Dear God 
Jazz for aficionados
With his recent passing, I had to pull out some Lonnie Smith albums. Good stuff.  So smooth. 
cassettes CAN sound better than vinyl.
Most anything sounds better than vinyl 
The Most Digital Recording You Ever Heard
Brother's In Arms is the first one that comes to mind as having that distinct digital feel.  Donald Fagen's Nightfly is another.  I think they both came out about the same time.  I would not describe it as bad since it is still better than vinyl b... 
How important is the pre-amp?
A good pre-amp just like a good DAC should be essentially transparent.  A bad pre-amp just like a bad DAC can poison a system. 
You own a store, you sell 2 brands, which?
Samsung?  That gets you all the Harman holdings: Revel, JBL, Mark Levinson, etc. 
How to get into high end digital? (Feeding a DAC)
I guess I should have expanded a bit on the baggage.The Yiggy has some historical baggage as one of the worst measuring expensive DACs when it was first introduced. That no longer seems to be the case but since it is R2R that makes it somewhat lik... 
How to get into high end digital? (Feeding a DAC)
I would say abandon the CD player.  Rip everything to FLAC or get digital copies online of the albums you want.Do you have an old laptop?  If so, use that as your music server.  Buy a large external hard drive and fill it with music.The Topping D9... 
System building; a meditation
This is how I try to begin.@holmz Starting off with speaker that are easy to drive, and have a flattish impedance, still seems like an easier starting place. For most people budget is the biggest constraint.  The more esoteric gear and having a ho... 
Is bass the most important frequency band?
No. mids are most important.  That is all the vocals and need to be natural and clear.  
Biggest "bang for the buck" audio gear you have owned(in your history)?
Bought new in 1988 Cerwin Vega D3.  They lasted forever and sounded good from day 1.  Not the best speakers in the world but a huge value for the money.Also, Foobar2000 audio player.  Free.  Hugely customizable.  And when coupled with the $3 Fooba... 
HiRes lossless FLAC Radio streams
Another vote here for Radio Paradise.  Though where I am the internet is not good enough for Hi Res levels 
Critical listening and altered states
I used to occasionally love listening to music live or at home after taking LSD, mushrooms, mescaline, or smoking a bit of weed.  Works really well with immersive music.  
Whats playing on your system today?
The Grateful Dead - Road Trips: Vol. 2 No. 3Beautiful stella Blue, excellent Eyes of the World, and a nice Weather Report Suite. 
Whats playing on your system today?
David Grisman - Hot DawgFine album.  Such superb skills on display.