Responses from styleman

Robbie Robertson: "Killers Of The Flower Moon" Soundtrack
I saw the film last night.  Scorsese's masterpiece. I was unaware that Robbie Robertson was involved with the music soundtrack.  There was an "In Memoriam"  in the credits at the end of the film.  
new to streaming- help!
I have a question for SOIX and Carlsbad2 as I also want to widen my music experience by streaming:  My main music system is in my living room.  My modem/router in in my home office delivering WI-FI service to my two computers there and my TV in th... 
Rumors of CD Demise Exagerated? New Hegel
About 10 years ago I walked into a record store in San Francisco (it may have been Virgin but now gone) and asked why there were no CD's there.  The sales guy told me that CD's were dead and that all music was to be downloaded or streamed.   Since... 
Best place to buy Mcintosh Integrated Amp
In the Phoenix area, LMC Entertainment in Scottsdale or Tempe.  Good guys there. I bought my MA352 from them and they gave me a reasonable trade-in on my older MA6900.  I also purchased a used MAC MCD350 SACD/CD player from them.  
Affordable SS that sound like Tubes
In answer to the OP's question, does anyone in this forum think that a hybrid integrated amp  - like the McIntosh, Prima Luna or Pathos  hybrids - addresses this issue?  
Why is solid state more popular when tubes are better?
I am always curious about tube gear, especially integrated amps.  But the repeated expense of tube replacement and maintenance turns me away.  I recently bought a McIntosh MA352 hybrid integrated amp (200 watts).  Since I was under the impression ... 
Would a real butcher block be going to far?
I recently moved my 2007 Focal 1027 Electra floorstanding speakers into a second bedroom which is carpeted.  The sound was noticeably dull.  I purchased two 2" square butcher blocks from Amazon (cheap) and mounted the spikes onto the speakers that... 
Baffled by Pricing Strategy
I've also noticed what the original poster has observed.  There was a listing for an integrated amp, new in box  - which retails price $17K - which had been offered at 11K since at least early 2022.    Aside from the fact that the ad is very snipp... 
How rare is an audiophile
In addition to jasonbourne71's comment, I would take  the attendance totals for Axpona and Munich Hi End.  I think that anyone who attends these functions would qualify as an audiophile.  
Can you give me your speaker suggestions?
+1 for Focal Electras.  I purchased model 1027 Be in 2007 and always loved them.  I moved them to my 2nd bed room.  You should be able to find that model or related model numbers of Electras on the used market within your budget.  
Can the level of pleasure derived from music be measured?
I think you would need Woody Allen's Orgasmitron from Sleeper to accurately measure pleasure.  
Ripping CD's
A system I’ve been using for over 20 years is using a CD recorder – an HHB machine out of the UK. I don’t think they make them anymore but I see used ones on E-Bay.  The thing is that it is a pro-audio machine so that copyright features can be def... 
Could these be your next cable loom??...and price be damned.
In the Crystal Art Series line, the top of the line is the DaVinci line (per The Cable Company and Jonathan Valin): Speaker - $48,000/2 meters Interconnect – $23,900/1 meter Power Cord  - $15,000 1 meter Phono (Van Gough, 1 step down) $9,000/1... 
What is the most challenging music to play on a stereo?
The Cd's I audition with are: 1. Classical - 1812 Overture - Sir George Solti - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - London Decca - 417-400-2 [Full orchestral range, plus bells and canon booms] 2.  Joan Baez Greatest hits - in particular "Diamonds and R... 
Law Of Diminishing Returns?
"The law of diminishing returns was practically CREATED for the audio folks." Plus 1 for secretguy.  In 2007 I purchased the Focal 1027 Electra speakers with a berrilyium (sp?) tweeter for $5,000.  They served me well including my new home with h...