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Have I got the wrong amp? or the wrong speakers?
I remember those Akai receivers without fondness.  Find a Pioneer SX750 or Sansui 771, Marantz 2238,  Sony STR6050, or a similar model from one of those brands.  The volume control taper is nothing to worry about, but if you want to use the loudne... 
Finally found a space for the speakers I’ve been storing... and I don’t love them any more
Don’t overlook the Revel Performance 3 226Be.  Even more of that transparency and less bass bloom than the bigger 228Be. I presume you have subs to over the bottom octaves.  
Preamp input sensitivity and phono stage output voltage question
It was my impression power amps almost always have 27dB gain give or take a few dBs.  More powerful amps simply clip later when driven with more voltage.  The problem with sensitivity ratings is they are rarely expressed with all the reference poi... 
Searching for a new CD player
I don’t know of any measure of a player’s ability to read scuffed discs. Maybe a repair tech can comment on that. I think it has to do with the strength of the laser and critical focus adjustments that can be tweaked. It definitely has nothing to ... 
Trying to understand B&W’s trickle down strategy
The cone on a 606 is made of the same material as the MR on an 802, but the driver is different b/c the rubber surround on the 606 has to allow for long excursions where the FST midrange does not. Also, the 800 series uses much higher grade crosso... 
Help, I do not want to make an Ayre, What the heck?
It's a great sounding amp...congrats.  The instruction applies to the REL sub context (in which case you leave the ground wire unconnected) as well as the less likely one where the user is distributing the output to multiple speakers through a spe... 
Suggest one obsure album we all should hear
The track “Kucano Oro” on the MA Records release The Old Country.  Features otherworldly harmonica from Howard Levy and superb percussion by Mark Nauseff, with reference SQ. The track “Kit Carson” by Bruce Cockburn on Nothing But A Burning Light. ... 
Replaced my Ortofon Blue stylus today via plug and play swap in seconds
Only one addition to Chakster's completely correct remarks: for example, Ortofon asks $236.00 for a new 2M Blue cart, and $204.00 for a replacement stylus.  That's over 80% of the cost for a complete cart, similar to the "re-tipping" fee for an MC... 
Vinyl on NAD M10 lower volume
I believe the M10 has a preset function within BluOS. That should mean you can create selections of input source and volume setting to level the perceived change when switching from phono (coming in on Line 1 or 2) to Tidal or whatever. Non-proble... 
15 foot RCA cables out of TT with no pre amp?
I failed to mention the Onkyo receiver preamp has its own capacitance. If the EVO has 80 pF and the preamp another 80 pF you need a IC with next to zero capacitance...as the target is 200 pF for Ortofon 2M. Hence the recommendations for a closer p... 
15 foot RCA cables out of TT with no pre amp?
The effect of cable length is as a multiplier of the capacitance per foot of the cable. A typical MM cart has an ideal capacitive load for flattest response. You have to know the capacitance of the internal wiring of your EVO, subtract that from t... 
Veiled 'wet blanket' sound from tweeters
PM-1s are very low efficiency mini-monitors with only 84dB sensitivity.  The RA 1570 has 120 wpc...enough for a small room at medium volume with no clipping....but if you get carried away and overdrive tha amp you can damage the tweeter or crossov... 
Recommendations for a modestly priced analog system
Gonna put in my rec for a Well Tempered table like Amadeus GTA with a Soundsmith or Clearaudio MM cart. Once set up, a WTT is the most no-stress player in life.  With this you have budget for a preamp upgrade.  
Is this the solution to LP static issues?? Seems to be!
In the late 1987 I bought a Well Tempered TT/TA with an acrylic platter, no mat, and a vicous oil damped main bearing and tonearm bearing.  Ever since then I have NEVER ONCE experienced any static buildup, static discharges or any of the many othe... 
Bluesound Node 2i digital output problems...
To my knowledge, Sonos supports Bandcamp.