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God doesn't need to know what time it is.
On the Ry Cooder sub-convo, and in connection to the “Clapton is God” graffiti, RC played the sweet Tele slide guitar for the soundtrack of the movie “Crossroads” in opposition to Stevie Vai’s demonic metal shredding in the final shoot-out between... 
Used amps, how to tell if,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Are there any reliable high end repair shops in your area?  Why not ask a tech if they have reconditioned amps that fit your needs. Boomers are dropping like flies if you haven’t noticed and their survivors are disposing of their antique stereos a... 
Is it me? Will I ever be satisfied?
I would ask just what are you listening to to judge how good your system is?  If you were born in 1944 is your reference point mid-60’s jazz and classical, or Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane?  Either way, I would want more speaker than your 8... 
MC901 monoblock tube matching Q
My understanding is all Mac tube amps use a biasing system that obviates the need for matching either power tubes or pre-drivers.  But sourcing your tubes from them should be the safe bet. If their parts guy doesn’t inspire confidence, ask one of ... 
90% loss of one speaker volume.
Does this speaker have a protection circuit of some kind that may just need a reset?  Ohm can answer that one.  
I miss my Loudness Button and Tone Controls....
I also recommend the Schiit Loki+ as a useful tone / loudness option, but for the OP, with his Rogue Sphinx v2, there is no way to use one, as the unit lacks a tape monitor or processor loop. Furthermore, the use of high efficiency speakers makes ... 
Warning for Revel lovers
The place I work has had been a Revel dealer since the company's founding as a Harman Luxury brand.  To say the least supply chain issues have plagued them worse than most due largely to their total reliance on Indonesian manufacturing.  Design is... 
Speakers with a slightly warm midrange
I would never credit Revel speakers as having a "warm" anything....they strive for neutrality, in a good way.  Sonus Faber is a good brand to consider, but your room opens into a larger area so the models you mention may not have enough cone area ... 
What stereo equipment do respected musicians listen to?
I sold HiFi in the Boston area all my career, and members of the local orchestras and chamber groups were customers.  As a group they didn't buy really high priced gear, but listened for tonal naturalness.  I sold them KEF, Mirage, a/d/s/, and Sne... 
Looking for “just good enuf” for garage man cave
Grab a Yamaha R-N303 b4 they're all gone, and add virtually any speakers you like, such as mountable indoor/outdoor ones from Parts Express, and a powered sub from same. https://www.parts-express.com/Dayton-Audio-IO8XTW-8-70-100V-8-Ohm-Indoor-O... 
Is there any one piece of vintage gear you most wished you owned?
ESS AMT-1 Towers, A Marantz 7C and an original Ampzilla.  The AMT-1 Towers were a 10" woofer transmission line version of the original AMT-1, with much more linear bass and better driver integration than the ported 2-way, due IMO to its higher pla... 
Please settle a bet!
Oh, and either Mac can do a perfectly nice job with any of these unless you have a very heavy hand on the volume control.  We all know that watts rise exponentially with volume.  The MA5200 and 5300 are direct coupled, decently high current, very ... 
Please settle a bet!
I am quite fimaliar with all the candidates here, and the one sensible response I read, apart from keeping politics out of it, is that the best choice depends on what music one wants to optimize for.  The Revel F206 is light in the bass extension ... 
Masimo Acquires Sound United - Are Denon, Classe, Polk, B&W, Marantz, going to fade away??
HiFi history is littered with the victims of unwise mergers and acquisitions.  a/d/s/ was bought by DEI, makers of car alarms...and disappeared.  Boston Acoustics once had a strong market position and has all but disappeared.  Nakamich and Sansui ... 
Maggie 1.7i's lack detail. Ideas?
Also, 1.7is only disperse full range treble if your ears are aligned with the middle third of the panel...if you are too close, too high or too low, they drop off drastically, as I'm sure you've noticed.  Make sure you are in the sweet zone!