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Integrated / speaker pairings in the $6-7K range
My Raven Audio Blackhawk LE with MM de Capo-i speakers are in that price range and sound beautiful together. 
Help/advice, upgrading my vintage amplifier!
The Jolida amps are well-made and very good value. They're not considered state-of-the-art but they are an excellent place to get an introduction to tube gear. Underwood Hi-Fi carries Jolida under their new brand name, Black Ice Audio, and is a hi... 
Shipping speakers
One other step that I've found useful -- Buy a sheet, or half sheet, of 1/8" plywood at a home center and completely line the interior of the cardboard box, attaching the plywood to the cardboard with a hot glue gun. If you're properly paranoid, r... 
Rickie Lee Jones - Naked Songs
Yep, agree completely. Some of her best songs are pared down to their simplest rendition. Quite a different experience of each of them but very enjoyable. 
Getting into Stevie Ray Vaughn
I lived in Austin, TX in the '70s in a house six blocks south of the Rome Inn, a former Italian restaurant that had been converted into a music club. The name didn't change because it cost too much. The regular Tuesday night band was Paul Ray and ... 
Getting into Stevie Ray Vaughn
There's an excellent documentary on Amazon Prime TV https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Ray-Vaughan-Bluesman-1954-1983/dp/B00RHIF0NAand one I haven't seen that's listed on the IMDb sitehttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt7552842/ 
Tidal Connectivity Woes…
I sometimes listen to Tidal through the cellular connection of my iPhone in a Subaru Outback and have never had dropouts. Same transmitting from my iPad to the Node 2i sitting on my living room couch. 
What are the current useless terms in this "audio world"
Describing any piece of gear as 'reference.' It's a completely meaningless term. Compared to what? When I was 16 years old my 'reference system' was an 8-track deck bolted under the dash of a Ford pickup truck. 
KEF LS50W 2 - 110v vs 220v
Be sure to determine if the customs duty is being included in the total price you'll be paying. 
EL84 Tubes for Glow Audio Amplifier
If you aren't interested in punishing the Russians I can highly recommend the Gold Lion EL84s. 
Tandberg 3001, 3002, 3003
Go to HiFi Shark, https://www.hifishark.com/search?q=Tandberg+3001 , click on the "Sold/Expired" tab at the top of the listings, then on the "Site" tab at the top of the list to sort them by where they were sold and scroll down until you see U.S. ... 
Need help selecting a streamer for a beginner.
Second the recommendation of the BlueSound Node 2i. It's easy to set up, works with a broad range of sources and sounds good. You can improve the sonics by using an external DAC rather than the one internal to the Node 2i but that can be a second ... 
Analog to imac
Since you have a Shiit preamp one of the Shiit DACs between the iMac and the preamp should work fine. Or any DAC with a USB input that you prefer, any DAC will have analog output that can be connected to the Freya. 
Who here has a Raven amplifier and what speakers do you have paired with it
I have a Blackhawk LE and Reference 3A MM de Capo i speakers. I’m very happy with the combination. 
Trying to sell these
There are 36 listings of sold or expired listings on HiFi Shark, most in Germany, where you'll need to convert euros to dollars, plus one on craigslit.https://www.hifishark.com/search?q=Grundig+7028