Responses from electroslacker

Is the appeal to euphonic distortion learned?
I was absolutely transfixed by the sound coming out of affordable KLH acoustic suspension speakers before I knew they were being driven  by McIntosh tubes, and I didn't  know what McIntosh was.  I always wondered whether it was the tubes/2nd order... 
Opinions wanted: 10-30K Speakers for Jazz/Folk
I've had two types of planars and think you lose something with a solo voice coming off such a large membrane.  I now have dynamic floorstanders with ribbon tweeters and think the wavefronts produce a greater sense of a person standing in the room. 
NOS Tubes - Agony or Ecstasy -Part II - The Search
I thought the Sylvania JAN 231's I tried were addictively transparent but recessed in the bass.  I chose a fuller sounding tube that I like better, but no longer listen for such exrended periods.  Strange how I rated one tube as quantifiably bette... 
Streamer wanted
@docknow I respect what you say above, and relate to your descriptions.  Makes me anxious to try some options.  I could see galvanic isolation keeping analog noise from propagating.   I've just been so impressed with the sound I am getting from FL... 
Streamer wanted
One thing that's never mentioned is that laptops run fine off of battery power.  No AC issues. For less than $1500 you can have a truly high-end Windows laptop, that is absolutely overkill at getting bit-perfect datastreams from network servers to... 
Worst Concerts You Have Attended ??
About a year ago-Brittany Howard at the Beacon in NYC. How could you mess that up?  Well, I was in the balcony, curled in fetal position with both hands over my bleeding ears.  Soundcheck? Medic? 
Which speakers did you find bright, fatiguing or just disappointing in some way?
Infinity Quantum Line Source = ear bleed. 
Suggest one obsure album we all should hear
Beat the Champ-- Mountain Goats 
NOS Tubes - Ecstasy or Agony
Two of the most satisfying changes to my system are attributable to NOS tubes.   The first was a NOS Mullard in the power supply of a Modwright 36.5 linestage. My jaw dropped.  The second was trying NOS Sylvania and Ken Rad 6Sn7's in a VAC 200 IQ ... 
Wow, $10k+ cables
You can go to Jay's Audio Lab (White Camaro) on YouTube and compare his recent exotic power-cord swaps to listen for differences.  Out of my league, though. 
Remarkably better sound possible with just 1 system component change?
I'd call Vintage Tube Services and see if there are tubes that would elevate that MC 2600.   
Tidal vs Quobuz
@toro3 Thanks.  I didn't even know that worked. 
Tidal vs Quobuz
@toro3 Hmm, I asked Qobuz how to find other users' playlists and was told they were still working on that feature.  I'm streaming through their Windows App.  Whats the secret? 
Point of higher priced streamer?
Maybe I missed it, but one thing missing in a lot of streaming/ external DAC discussions is buffers.  The data signal processing is not like a telegraph that goes straight from signal to output.  The data is assembled in buffers, whether in a PC, ... 
Overrated: the audiophile creed that everything matters.Underrated: the idea that correct AWG copper wire is overkill for the job it is tasked to do in a sound system.But that's from outside audiophilia looking in. Since I have an audiophile brain...