Yeah put a Mac with a cheap Yamaha.
Or start over.
The inevitable question. I haven't asked that of him. I was hoping to just throw a bunch of suggestions at him (with commentary) and let him rise (or sink) to the level he feels comfortable. I think he might choke at $1,000, so aim at lower than that.
I was hoping to be able to winnow the universe of control amps down based on what might get suggested here.
Based on what I get as suggestions, I've been toying with the idea of proposing a FET-10, coupled with a Loki mini, a Loki mini+ or even the Loki Lokus and let him sort it out. I think he would go for the Mini if he buys the idea at all. A used FET-10 might deter him, I think, based on the price. He loves mine. But then again, I have better amps and speakers too, so it's stacking the deck. Based on what I've read, I might add a Loki to my system. Probably the Mini+ if I do. I don't need remote control. But then again...