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VTA?
A recent Ortofon webinar covered VTA a little bit, and noted that if you can't move your tonearm up/down then another option is to increase/decrease the tracking force by a slight amount, in order to affect VTA. 
DACs and Transports--do they still go together?
@jafreeman┬áthe only DACs you might run into a problem with are the ones that _only_ accept USB inputs and have no other inputs, as you are almost guaranteed not to find a USB output on a traditional CD player/transport.But otherwise, servers and s... 
need cartridge suggestion
I'd suggest the Ortofon Quintet Black, particularly since you almost only listen to classical music. It'll produce neutral detailed sound and falls within your budget. The Quintet Bronze (slightly less expensive) and Cadenza Red (a bit more expens... 
Looking for a vinylesk sounding DAC
@barrista0611 well, a caveat with the D100 Mk2 and some other DACs with transformer-based analog output stages is that they will have a higher output impedance. So matching one with a passive preamp may be less than ideal if the preamp input imped... 
Looking for a vinylesk sounding DAC
@barrista0611 I'll throw out a plug for my Neko Audio D100 Mk2 DAC, as sounding close to an analog setup. It's primarily due to the passive analog output stage which uses output transformers. 
Speaker Positioning
Dynamic meaning changing / constantly changing? You could put the speakers on wheels until you get it into the exact position you want, and then either lock the wheels or replace them with spikes in hopes you don't move the speaker too much during... 
Pass XA 25 or Bryston 3B3?
The Adcom is the weak link in the system, results in some unnatural brightness and hardness to the sound. Also less dimensional.@bobbydd I think both the Bryston 3B3 and Pass XA25 will help with that, with the Pass maybe being too much of a chang... 
Pass XA 25 or Bryston 3B3?
They have two different design goals and therefore end up sounding different from each other. If you know what type of sound you want, then it'd be easier to make a choice. Otherwise you'll need to listen to them or at least figure out what your p... 
My Oppo is a bit too bright
I agree with some of the other posts that suggest the OPPO's use of the ESS DAC chip is potentially the primary reason your impartial listeners found the sound a little harsh. This is not contradictory to the fact the OPPO analog output is very go... 
R2R Ladder DACs or All in One Streamer Solutions
@chorus Lumin streamers don't rip and store. For that you'd need to use a computer (Lumin sells an L1 NAS, but any computer or NAS will work).Aurender and Innuos both have a few models that include a CD drive for ripping and internal drives for st... 
R2R Ladder DACs or All in One Streamer Solutions
I was also going to suggest a Lumin U1 Mini plus either something from Denafrips or Soekris. Use a tube buffer or tube preamp if you want to add a little color. 
Speaker and amp compatibility
The speakers handle at most 200W, and the amplifier will put out 200W before distorting heavily/reaching its limits, but you're unlikely to actually listen at levels that need 200W. The KEF 104/2 has a sensitivity of 92dB @ 2m @ 2.83V.Assuming the... 
Warm romantic & detailed
You may like this pair of Acoustic Zen Crescendo speakers, used at an outstanding price. I think it may match exactly what you're looking for. 
adding a DAC/Streamer or what
@raw33 if you're looking for a DAC that is similar to your existing gear, then I'd recommend researching the following options:Prism Sound CalliaMusical Fidelity M6 Encore (streamer) or M6sR (DAC)MSBCH Precision C1Lumin S1 or X1Soekris dac1541Ther... 
How do I pay?
@kjohn1234 there are escrow services (PayPal is not an escrow service) but both of you would have to agree to use one, and it would cost money and add complexity.If neither of you has any particular reason to trust the other, then the only time yo...