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Low volume listening dynamics
All the answers are here...low ambient noise, good 1st Watt, effective tone controls for shaping the source to sound balanced at your listening level, and controlling the room's reflectivity around the speakers.  I disagree about needing high sens... 
Best cheap integrated amp
NAD316BEE is $449.00...all analog w/MM phono and a punchy 40W/ch rating.  Of course smaller speakers may want more power, not less, due to lower sensitivity, but a solid 40 is usually enough for a 2000 cu ft room at non-injurious volume levels.  T... 
New Buchardts coming out!
Who is first?  Dynaudio, Dali, Kii, or go way back, Braun, a/d/s/, Philips.  
Best small, desktop speakers, $500 or under (new or used)
All the love for RS Minimi should make us recall that they were introduced as "everyman's" knockoffs of Visonik's David and the a/d/s/ L200.  You can disagree, but IMO the a/d/s/ L300 series (C,CC,e) were the best expression of the concept...5" 2-... 
Technics or Thorens, need suggestions
I made my choice in the mid-late 80s that belt drive was more to my taste.  I had a Technics SP-12 in their rubber plinth with Audio Technica's best arm and Signet TK-9Ea ML after having been used to an LP12 with KMAL arm, and I was very disappoin... 
New TT or upgrade cartridge/platter on Project DC
I’m going to go full Yoda and say “Find a Well Tempered” either used or buy the Simplex new.  You will be done searching unless your station in life dramatically improves. For a cartridge you’ve had some good recommendations above.  No one’s said ... 
Recommendations for PC -- for modest system --
You can buy AQ Monsoon Extreme 1M for $301.50 or 2M for $355.50.These are Garth Powell engineered with silver on copper contacts.  They are one step below the level where the battery packs come in.  At your discount I don't see how anything will b... 
Tube Preamp with Solid State Amp?
I've done it both ways; SS pre w/ tube power, and tube pre w/ SS power.  Both have worked depending on the speakers...the most synergistic combo will depend on the surrounding comps, room character and your listening taste.  That's our hobby!  Rig... 
Suggestions for $2k budget
I have extensive experience with Maggies, Klipsch, Focal, and many others form my lifetime in the industry.  Really great speakers today cost more than your budget will buy, especially if your musical taste calls for Electronica and Rock, which ar... 
Bryston Amp Experience Needed
Try an NAD M22 v2. 300wpc and “load invariant”.  Yes it’s Hybrid Digital but KR from Stereophile loved it and he’s heard a lot. To me it competes with the 4B3. And it’s in your comfort zone.  
Left/Right Channels
If you are a percussionist in an orchestra, you are used to hearing the channels reversed. 
Best bookshelf loudspeakers under 10,000 for the pair
Focal Sopra No.1.  Run, don’t walk to hear a pair when you can. Not everything esoteric is better than the well engineered stuff.   
What Have I Bought?
Original Large:  $116.00 per pairOriginal Utility: $102.00 per pairAs a college fool, I bought the utilities!On cinder blocks for stands, with a Rabco ST-4, ADC XLM, Quad 33/303, and 16ga. lamp cord fitted with bananas for the amp and bare twisted... 
Unreal prices
Pioneer had some of the cleaner looking receivers, design-wise, and great FM stereo receiver performance...their separate tuners are pretty classic, but like most of the Japanese products from the mid-70s, the integrateds & receivers' preamps ... 
New TT for ~$1500
At one point in my journey I went from a Linn LP12 w/ Keith Monks TA and Sonus Blue label to a Techics SP12 in the rubber plinth they made for it, paired with Audio Technica's best arm and cartridge (Signet TK9MLa or something).  I was totally dis...