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Favorite moment with music in your car.
Around 10:00 am on a beautiful day in the summer of 2011 on one of our 4 swings out west to national parks, driving through Wyoming with no one in sight and no cell service, I find a radio station who plays Old Cheyenne by Ian Tyson. I'm not a fan... 
Recommendations on integrated amps
I've said this on other posts previously, but Denon, Marantz, Pioneer, and Onkyo are all owned by one company now, Sound United. This doesn't necessarily signal a reduction in quality, but sometimes it can when one owner company is looking to maxi... 
Your greatest high end audio purchase!!!
Magnepan 20.1s, purchased like new for $5,500, new would have been $12,500. The imaging is almost always breath taking.  
Is There Just One Single Album That Does It For You, Completely? Just One.
I think all the guys are thinking about this the wrong way. While hearing the same music over and over again would quickly get old, good cover art would have other uses and could sustain you a while longer. How about Britney Spears - Oops!... I Di... 
Does a particular musician’s songwriting and artistry speak to you above all others?
Putting "I Just Called to Say I Love You" (makes me want to hurl) aside, I have to go with Stevie Wonder. If there is a Mt. Rushmore of individual acts, I think two spots are already taken by Elton and Stevie. The rest are debatable.  
Best Receiver?
There has been a lot of shakeup in the receiver manufacturer ownership in the last few years and while it might mean nothing, sometimes these mergers and buyouts lead to a decrease in quality in pursuit of higher profits and sometimes they don't. ... 
Taylor Swift Concert Prices
I'm not a fan and at some point there may be a backlash against such ridiculous prices, but the market is what people are willing to pay, so I say she should earn it while she can. But there are two things I know with 100% absolute certainty, she... 
Thinking of Magnepan ... finally!
I found 20.1s right here on Audiogon for $5,500 (originally $12,500) and snatched them up instantly. As others have said, add a sub if you want some real bass slam because Maggies don't do that, but they do reproduce bass well. I don't have them a... 
Women Who Rock
There are quite a few mentioned who I would not consider rock singers (more like pop, alternative, or jazz) but at a minimum, I think Pat Benatar, Grace Slick (maybe the greatest female rock singer ever), and Janis Joplin have to be added to the b... 
Is Imaging Worth Chasing?
Magnepans and other planar speakers are well known for the imaging capabilities, so I would suggest giving them a try. But even with high end Magnepans, I can't always tell where the instruments were on the soundstage. Usually however, the singer ... 
Name 3 songs where audio quality and song quality completely align
Little Wing by Sting. The drum skins are pulled so tight they make an incredible popping sound on my Maggies. Rhythm of the Rain by Dan Fogelberg. Sounds like you could hear a pin drop in the studio. How Deep is Your Love by the Bee Gees. Their ... 
How long do speakers last?
One of the safest bets in old speakers are Magnepans. No voice coils to burn out, no surrounds to dry up and disintegrate, no fancy cabinetry to get banged up. There is really very little to damage or go wrong in a Maggie but you do have to be car... 
Confession: I only like Norah Jones because so many others told me to
Roberta Flack was a better version of Norah Jones before Norah Jones was born.   
Perception and Watts: Doubling of power
Yeah, but this one goes to 11. Sorry, I don't get that many chances to use that one, even if it is worn out.  
Candidates for best speakers in the $2000-5000 market
I got my used Magnepan 20.1s right here on Audiogon for $5500 ($12,500 new). I'm extremely happy with that deal and I don't think better sounding speakers can be found under $10,000.