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Whats on your turntable tonight?
slaw, i have heard the naked version and i like the original better, though it's a close call--murder aside, spector was a genius. abbey road was my second fave--agree about hard day's night, tho i might rate help higher 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
beatles--let it be. i'll submit that song-for-song this is their best album. granted, "one after 909" is a throwaway and "for you blue" mere filler, but side one is essentially perfect. the focus is justifiably on paul's opuses, but i always thoug... 
integrated amp recommendation needed
revel needs a lot of high-current juice, which i'm not sure the yamaha or lower cambridge will provide. i've had vg results with parasound or, if you can find one, acurus dia100 or 150. 
Whats playing on your system today?
ryan adams, prisoner--not a great record, but you gotta admire his ability to crank out quality songs at such a prolific rate (this is something like his 20th record since 2000 + he has a trove of unreleased stuff, b-sides, etc.). saw him live not... 
Thoughts on Aimee Mann....
the both is a mixed bag for me, mainly because the production is demo quality + ted leo is, frankly, a terrible singer whose yowl is particularly ill-suited to aimee's dulcet tones. that said, the songs are by-and-large there, with "gambler" and "... 
Would "Sgt. Pepper's" be a better album if.....
bdp, as a lark i pulled out the white album for a re-listen--the long, pointless "revolution 9" is a wank, but most of the rest is really tight. personally, i would also excise "ob-la-di" and the ringo song, but you're still left with a great doub... 
Opinions on using a Proceed AVP for 2-channel stereo only?
i used the proceed for 2ch in my office for a year or so--it's very well built but soundwise didn't match the (much more modest) arcam, rotel and even yamaha s1000 that preceeded and suceeded it--like akg i'd think you're generally better off with... 
Would "Sgt. Pepper's" be a better album if.....
there's at least six beatles albums i'd take over sp, with only the title track, "fixing a hole" and the incredible "day in the life" really matching their lofty standard (tho i do admire "lucy in the sky" from a distance). the penny lane/strawber... 
Which good CD transports can be found in the used market?
for a $100 or less on ebay you can get an older arcam dv88 or dv78, which make very solid transports and actually sound good as players 
Stay away from the nad
my own experience matches most of the above posters--the pre-1990 nad stuff has been durable and reliable, while almost all of my post-1990 nad gear was problematic (though in fairness it sounded good when it was working).  
best matching full range speakers for sx880 pioneer (60W rms per channel)
polk model 10--a hundred bucks or so on ebay 
Lesser known 2 way bookshelf Speakers from the 80's
i just scored a pair of ads L470 mk2 for $5 at a yard sale and (bargain bias aside) i'm shocked at how good and modern they sound. likewise the ads L700, which i foolishly sold awhile ago.  
Parasound HCA-1500 or alternative
i own both the rotel 990 and several parasound hca and would opt for the parasound, which have more oomph and low end. 
Pioneer sx-636 vintage reciever?
i had the sx-737, which i believe is the same series/year, and it was freakishly good sounding, much more natural sounding than some of my pricier kenwood, sansui and marantz of the same era. i sold it on impulse to a friend and regretted doing so. 
Outdoor Garage Speakers
my partner runs some yamaha 570, which weren't much more than a hundred bucks, and i was surprised at how good they sound--more low end than most outdoor speakers + a very wide stage. i'm sure you can spend more and get better, but they were quite...