Responses from coppy777

A nightmare regarding streaming?
DROPBOX may be the answer for some of you.  
Why I don't hear bass drums on Jazz LPs?
This was an excellent thread.  Maybe the best I've read on this forum. Thanks to all the contributors.  
Auditioning Used Equipment - Am I crazy ?
I’ll bet you are attracted because the price is below market. My guess is the dealer took this unit in for trade and may have more in it than he’d like. He boxed it and priced it low to sell on the net and wants no hassle. Figures the brand will s... 
Focal v Wilson
Had WP7s for years and loved them. Replaced them with the original Sashas.  The Sashas were a real upgrade, more even sounding and produced a big speaker sound.  They are available used at good prices.  Now have Yvettes, also an excellent speaker... 
Kind of Blue
Like most of what is posted here.  For reference I prefer music from instruments that don't plug into the wall, that you can actually hear the lyrics and that one does not jump up and down to listen to.  That said, guitar is a favorite and Joe Pas... 
Bananas rule, spades drool. End of discussion.
Large speaker cables are a problem?  Really?  Not to my ears.  
Bananas rule, spades drool. End of discussion.
As mentioned, my Wilsons, with their big pretty hex heads, don’t accept banana connections.  Their latest model terminations now do.  And they sell them as expensive replacements.  Supposedly sound somewhat better.  Even my dealer thinks I probabl... 
Bananas rule, spades drool. End of discussion.
Matthew,  I must defer to your professional skills. B&W and their knurls are a bit of a mystery though.  Years ago I had some Nautilus 800s and have no idea anymore how the speaker cables attached.   Enjoy the music.  
Bananas rule, spades drool. End of discussion.
Vice-grips on your binding posts?  Really?  Must do wonders for resale.  AudioQuest makes a great hand wrench that fits both terminal sizes. For my speaker cable, prefer bananas on the amplifier end as I need to swap + and - for a phase reversal.... 
Tidal FLAC vs. Qobuz
Easy choice here.  I don't like music made by anything that plugs into the wall, want to understand the lyrics, and I don't jump up and down while listening. Also MQA is now a proven to be lossy and noisy process.  The Provence of some music has ... 
Your greatest high end audio purchase!!!
A tie for me between my Conrad-Johnson ART 27a class A power amp, a dCS Bartok streaming DAC and the Conrad-Johnson ART 88 preamplifier just put in service. Close behind are the B&W DB subs and the Wireworld Platinum silver speaker cables. All... 
Need a big favor picking a preamp
I'll second the Conrad-Johnson ART88. Just purchased one and It's beyond excellent.  Dual-Mono as well. Quiet, detailed and exceptionally transparent.  As I mentioned to someone recently, be careful with your audition, you will not be able to un-... 
Dealers with excellent listening rooms?
Suncoast Audio here in Sarasota has an excellent room and some stunning gear including Magico, Audio Research, B&W, and many other even more expensive brands.  Mike and his folks are excellent to deal with.  
Looking for intermediate-step Streamer: better than BS Node and not @ Bartok level pricing
I have a Bartok w/o Apex.  It was excellent when I bought it and still is.  You can find the non Apex used.  The Apex improvement is in the analog output.  Some say it's nice but not critical.  I read some great things about the Mola-Mola Tambaqui... 
Are cable “upgrades” just as likely to make your system sound worse?
As did I.  Great cables for big bucks.  And again, in my system, they favored detail over musicality.