Responses from sandthemall

Explain what is a clean power amplifier?
Amps that are not clean, just need an intervention.Once clean, they can relapse  But so many amps are in denial.   
Stylus shape?
A great profile on a great cartridge on a great head shell matched with the wrong tonearm is not so great.  
Who, do you think, designs the best looking tube-based devices?
To Me?In this order:Audio ResearchLuxmanMcIntosh 
Are these Speakers the BEST on Planet Earth ?... needs one more speaker.  
phono/preamp analog front end
@atmasphere  Can you explain how the resistor loading makes the cartridge cantilever stiffer?  This absolutely does not make sense to me. 
Turntable and amp combination
I too have Salk speakers (Songtowers).  And although my system has outgrown them...they sound better with every upgrade I've they have survived...Get an Audiolab 6000A intgegrated amp ($999). It has good enough analog (with phono) sectio... 
I'm here for the enthusiasts, not the snobbery
This is a funny topic and oddly related to audiophile culture.Porsche's...really...911s are a study in slow and steady evolution. It's beautiful in that way. In the broad scheme of things, there are so many better looking cars...but so few have de... 
Low volume listening dynamics
Not trying to open up a can of worms but I did get some low level punch when I got a dedicated circuit with only the amp on the line. I also listen mostly at low volumes. Speaker placement/room characteristics I'm sure help...but probably the thin... 
Youngsters these days.
When I was 45, I came to realize that the most annoying thing in the world is a 30 year old man...the 2nd most annoying thing is a 25 yr old man. It's true. As creative director for a creative agency, I also know these young people are fearsome an... 
Technics or Thorens, need suggestions
I have the 1200G.  It is amazing.  The aesthetics are just a little too familiar to all of us but, as an industrial designer, I do have to say that it is a classic style and will always be.  For what it's worth I was looking to get a better lookin... 
Next upgrade for my analog source
This is a tough one. All your equipment is relatively good.Improving any one will be an incremental improvement.Interesting that all your choices are a little on the euphonic side.Maybe take a step with any one of these elements toward a very prec... 
New TT or upgrade cartridge/platter on Project DC
I say go all-in on vinyl. I still buy NOS, sealed vinyl from pre-80s on eBay. And I think analogue is making small comeback in boutique recording studios. Discovering old analogue treasures is way more fun than digital. I have a ton of CDs and WAV... 
New TT or upgrade cartridge/platter on Project DC
I think you should upgrade the turntable. And when you do, buy your last one. They are probably the most durable of all audio equipment as nearly everything is mechanical. A $2k+ turntable won’t hold you back with the better cartridges. Cartridges... 
Need Help!
There are wall mount TT racks. They’re great to isolate vibrations coming up from floor standing racks. 
Are integrated amps technically better than separates?
I have always preferred integrateds...just made sense to me. But my last two systems have been separates and no way I’m going back. Since we’re all being theoretical:I think the signal is just too small and delicate coming into the preamp section....