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  Mark Powers
  Mostly Rock music listener with a good dose of Blues and Jazz. is a valuable community to me having made a few friends along the way. I have now matured to a level that I am starting to understand the ideas behind certain audiophile applications with equipment and different discs available. Between the music industry trying to sell us the latest thing and different opinions on what is and what should be, I remain cautious as to all the differences, but I am beginning to have concrete opinions. I have a lot to learn still. Currently a very fun hobby.
  San Mateo, CA
  McIntosh A/V Control Center MX122
McIntosh MC303 3 channel X 300 watts each for speakers, center, rear left and rear right.
McIntosh MC452 Quad Balanced 2 channel X 450 watts each for front left and right speakers.
McIntosh Audio/Video/SACD Player MVP891 (plays any current format) Does not play all regions Blu Ray.
McIntosh D150 Preamplifier Digital to Analogue Converter. USB, FLAC, DSD, etc. only 2 channel RBCD's.
Front left and Right speakers B&W Diamond 805's (Bookshelf)
Center Speaker B&W HTM2
Right/Left Rears B&W CM (Bookshelf on stands)
Subwoofer-REL Serie S 550 watt Dual Firing
Remote: URC MX 980
Panamax MR 4000 Power Supply
Venom PS8 Power Conditioner with Venom Power Cables.
All cables: Audioquest. All speakers-Slip 16/4, Analogue-Water, HDMI Coffee, plus a few others.
Amazon TV, streaming.
Samsung 65" 4K Series 8500
Bluesound Vault for HI RES play, Ripping and storing 1T, only accepts up to all resolutions of FLAC. No DSD or DXD.

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Thin Lizzy: Black Rose      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  August 16, 2015

Thin Lizzy: Black Rose: A Rock Legend. SHM SACD Stereo Only. Note, The correct title for this disc is, Black Rose: A Rock Legend. I have been a big Thin Lizzy fan and this disc is worthy of anybody's rock music collection. Quick Facts: The 9th studio album, released in 1979 but after the epic 1978 ... more
Joe Beard: Dealin'          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  August 9, 2015

Joe Beard: Dealin'. Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. My previous review of Joe Beard: For Real, tells the same story as this disc, so for review purposes I will not be redundant and this companion review should be included with my review of Joe Beard's 1997 For Real. This disc released in ... more
Joe Beard: For Real        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  August 9, 2015

Joe Beard: For Real. Hybrid SACD. Stereo Only. Last year in Salina, Kansas, I was lucky enough to see and sit and talk with Joe Beard. A tall, lanky fella with a polite personality, that you see the same thing on stage. A very commanding performer with great vocals and the ability to play great ... more
The Rolling Stones: Flowers        (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  August 1, 2015

The Rolling Stones: Flowers. Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. I bought this used from some cat in Japan, took me awhile to get it but I certainly got my moneys worth. Very Good condition. My only other experience with Rolling Stones SACD's is the SHM SACD reissue's of 2014. This packaging is quite ... more
The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil Remix        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  August 1, 2015

The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil Remix. Stereo and Multichannel. Hybrid SACD. One of those fun discs that is good to have. I purchased via Amazon for $7.00. Performance: The first 3 artists makeup 6 remixes like Disco style. OK, if you like that sort of thing. Stereo Sonics: I did not ... more

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The Rock Thread
November 27, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving to all. A lot of discs have come in and I now am caught up. The Checkfield, although perfect sounding, great mix and VERY discrete, musically not my cup of tea. I double dipped on David Bowie's new Box Set, purchasing the RBCD box set and then went for the 24/192 download. WE are living in good times now, one for the car and ... more
Discussion: Van Morrison: Moondance
November 27, 2015
Rickko was right, the 5.1 doesn't even compare to the 24/192 stereo. That said, the Moondance mini box set has so much to offer for the money, it is a must. The 5.1 remix is super discreet and all speakers just sound beautiful. The stereo of Street Choir, sounds absolutely great, full rich mid range with nice base, and treble just dripping ... more
The Rock Thread
November 25, 2015
I received my Mannheim Steamroller DVD-A 2 weeks ago, I guess I should listen to it. ... more
The Rock Thread
November 24, 2015
Will check it out Ralphie. Got my Nat King Cole Hybrid/SACD stereo Christmas from AF yesterday along with the 5.1 Queen, A Night At The Odeon, BD~V. The 5.1 is DTS-HD Master Audio 96/24. I expect only ambient, but looks like overall a very good watching/listening experience. ... more
The Rock Thread
November 23, 2015
OK, so that I understand. RBCD players only play 16bit. Universal Players, SACD Players, DVD, etc play 24bit. So if the industry switched to 24bit only almost everybody would need a new player, including in the car. Downloads that are sold as 24 bit do not need a new player, therefore they can sell with no needed added equipment. I think the ... more