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Why I don't hear bass drums on Jazz LPs?
Pop and rock music is made from electronic instruments.  All your drum sounds are created by the recording and mastering engineers and have NOTHING to do with how they sound in real life.  Your listening experience has always been artificial. Jaz... 
Warm, yet detailed tube preamp
The Don Sachs preamp is just the VTA SP14 in a prettier enclosure.  The SP14, preassembled and tested, with remote control, is $1900 new.  $1450 as a kit.  
Auditioning Used Equipment - Am I crazy ?
@greenngoldcheesehead Hasn’t anyone ever lied to you before? The dealer didn’t want to audition the amp for you had other reasons than just being snotty. He may have a new amp to sell you with a higher profit margin. Or he may be holding it for an... 
Solid State Power Amps
I will echo the suggestion for Bryston amps.  They come with a 20 year transferable warranty.  They are built to last.  Of course they perform well.  But at this price point,  you want something you can depend upon. A close friend used to be the ... 
Auditioning Used Equipment - Am I crazy ?
Here's the problem for the dealer.   What happens if the amp is damaged in shipping?  What happens if you choose to return it and it is damaged when it is returned?  What  happens if you scratch it or otherwise mar it and then return it?   Who fi... 
Surge protector
Buy Belkin surge protectors from Amazon.    
New expensive power cord for amp and no change in sound?
Reality has a harsh way of crushing fantasies.  
Music first or sound first?
I play music that is stuff I want to hear. My system still surprises me how good it sounds, but it is music that is the purpose of the system.   I  have a number of piano roll recordings done by Saint-Seans, Ravel, Debussy, etc, and while I marve... 
The receiver was my intro to HiFi! What say you?
@motown-l Your dorm system sounds a lot like mine.  I had KLH Model 32 loudspeakers, which were the lowest priced KLH speaker made at the time.  I paid $80/pair and that was stretching it for me.  I had a Heathkit AJ-14 FM tuner I built from kit, ... 
Kind of Blue
Duke Ellington:  A Drum Is A Woman Max Roach:    Freedom Now Suite Count Basie:  too many to choose from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers:  Reflections in Blue Supersax Plays Bird Dave Pell:  Prez Conference Blossom Dearie:  Give Him the Ohh-La-... 
Which external SSD for music streaming?
Either you have enough bandwidth or you don't.   Any USB 3.0 port will have plenty of bandwidth.   It's like those Internet providers who offer gigabit speeds (and more) to the house, when watching TV takes less than 10 MB.  
Turntable Isolation
If your problem is a floor that moves when you walk, get yourself a turntable wall-mount.  Because you have a VPI Signature 21, I'd recommend going to a local shop that does metal fabrication and have one made for you.  Those VPI tables are very h... 
Differences in YouTube, Spotify, etc.
I have more than enough material in my collection that I don’t need to stream. But I do subscribe to a YouTube channel for a group called "Voices of Music." They’re an "early music" collaborative, mostly San Francisco area professionals. They do c... 
Floorstanding speaker experiences/recommendations in the $12-25k range
https://linkwitz.store/product/lx521/  
list of speakers
@grislybutter  I've been an audiophile since Nixon was president.  The last commercial loudspeaker I ever bought was my college dorm speakers, the KLH Model 32, which were the lowest cost speaker one could buy at the time.  Since then, everything ...