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Efficient bookshelf speakers for my new (and amazing!) Still Audio EL84 integrated
Yes, Mark's integrated amp is very well made and sounds great.  The Contrast Audio speakers are slowly growing on me.  I just installed a new phono cartridge with a 4.8mV output (vs. 3.0mV on my previous cartridge).  That additional gain was enoug... 
Budget phono stage under $100, cheap but refined, does it exist?
Schitt Mani - a little over at $129, but a very fine phono stage. 
Advice on a lower priced tube integrated for a vinyl system
@ghasley Thanks for the message.  Yes, I'm absolutely thrilled with the Still Audio amp so far.  The build quality is fantastic, and the sound has been very impressive.  It's relaxing and engaging at the same time.  I haven't done any tube rolling... 
Efficient bookshelf speakers for my new (and amazing!) Still Audio EL84 integrated
Just a quick update...I solved the issue of why the Contrast Audio speakers sounded so poor. After some investigation I found that my cartridge had a slightly bent cantilever (which must have happened about the time I put the speakers in my system... 
Efficient bookshelf speakers for my new (and amazing!) Still Audio EL84 integrated
Yes - I'm very lucky to live here.  Will definitely check out the Omegas.  Looks like they have a reasonable trial period, so I should have time to decide if they work for me.Thanks again. 
Efficient bookshelf speakers for my new (and amazing!) Still Audio EL84 integrated
@thecarpathian - thanks for the recommendation.  I initially dismissed Fritz due to the lower sensitivity, but they certainly have a friendly impedance and would likely work well in my smaller room.Unfortunately, I live about as far away from Jack... 
Schiit Mani - any opinions ?
I love it, too.  Very easy to listen to, great soundstage and deep bass (all with MM cart, I didn't use it much with an MC).  Swagman Labs makes an external power supply for it, which will improve it ever further.  However, even without the upgrad... 
Yamaha A-S801 - horrible experience
@ troutchoker - there is no need for personal attacks.  I don't know how my "stupidity" is related to poor build quality and amp failure.  There was no way for me to know about the poor quality of the speaker binding posts and the exact width of t... 
Yamaha A-S801 - horrible experience
The list cost of the A-s801 is $1000, and I’ve had several other integrated amps at that price point and below - Rega Brio, Arcam A19, NAD 316BEE and 375 BEE, Jolida, and they were all very solidly made. The Yamaha binding posts and control knobs ... 
Yamaha A-S801 - horrible experience
Unfortunately, I find that using an adapter like that degrades the sound too much. 
Musical Fidelity MX VYNL or Aural Thrills "Seranade" phono pre?
I auditioned both the JC3 Jr. and the MX-VYNL.  I preferred the MX-VYNL by a little bit, but I can easily see someone preferring the Parasound based on their system and listening preferences.  In my system the MX-VYNL sounded a little more relaxed... 
Am I asking too much?
My questions would be: how loud is the hiss? How far do you have to turn up the volume control before you start hearing it? Is it audible in the range that you use to listen to music? In my experience a phono stage will almost always generate sign... 
How would you introduce tubes into this SS system?
The MCormacks are great amps.  You'll love it, and Steve McCormack still services/upgrades them.   
Advice on a lower priced tube integrated for a vinyl system
@wolf_garcia I have liked the Jolida gear that I've heard.  They seem to make solid, good sounding stuff. 
Advice on a lower priced tube integrated for a vinyl system
Thanks again for all the recommendations.  I didn't take any of them :).  I spent a little more than I had planned, but I just ordered the Still Audio EL34 integrated amp (stillaudio.com).  10wpc, 4/8/16 ohm taps, great reviews.  Just couldn't res...