Responses from twoleftears

McIntosh, your experience?
If you have a rowboat, and over the years you gradually replace each and every piece of wood that the boat is made of, at the end of that process, is it the same rowboat?If you have an audio company where all the original principals retired, other... 
Wanted: Lightweight Krell KSA-100 Clone????
If the clone is anything like what a clone should be, it's not going to be lightweight.  Mutually exclusive.  You'll have to rethink or buy a handtruck. 
New integrated amp
Call Johnny Rutan at Audio Connection in New Jersey.All indications are that the Virtuoso really is available now.David Belles has been building up to this over a long and distinguished career of products. 
Tweaks that work? (yes very subjective topic)
Absolutely best tweak ever: save up all the money you would have spent on a dozen or more tweaky products, some inexpensive, some not, and then use it to upgrade a component in your system, or to pay for room acoustic treatment. 
Best small, desktop speakers, $500 or under (new or used)
Another +1 for AudioEngine. 
IsoAcoustics GAIA footers: impressions
I agree that this is a topic insufficiently explored.It would seem to make sense that if the speakers are tightly connected/coupled with the tops of the stands, using Gaias on the bottom of the stands should work.On the other hand, if you put Orea... 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
#1 and #3 sounded very similar.#2 sounded rounder, a little softer, less distinct.Depending on the in-room experience (vs. the long chain via which we're hearing these samples), this could be a good thing or a bad thing.For example, more distinct ... 
High end units in the U.S. market that are not black?
Instead, can we just list the makers that offer silver or champagne in other parts of the world, but only (on some products at least) black in the U.S.?Marantz, Denon.Any others? 
Directionality Explained
Do herringbone wires sound better than chevron wires or vice versa? 
What Do You Think . . . and How Does It Work?
When he starts referring to himself in the third person you know you've got trouble. 
How many NICE looking high end floor standing speaker are there at present
Nice-looking speakers=triumph of style over substance.Ugly speakers just sound better. Upgrade
What we need is to be able to incorporate and display photos in posts.Then we could scroll down through acres of visuals to get to the next post. 
Sub 1k integrated?
If you're patient, you should be able to pick up a decent integrated used at the 1K price point.  Creek, Exposure, Belles Aria, would be names to look out for. 
Ported versus sealed speakers: is one type better?
Transmission line is best when properly implemented. 
Need speaker cable
+1 for the Audio Envy at that price point.