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Dedicated power
@spenav How to wire your house for good power is excellent. It should be required reading. Adding a whole house surge protector (or go Taurus, etc.) to your to do list something to consider. 
Dedicated power
I’d go twin 20amp heavy gauge shielded lines and use Synergistic Research Orange outlets or hospital grade outlets on up. Lots of beefy ones out there. If you do nothing else getting rid of stock wall outlets should help. I could not run new lines... 
Inexpensive all in one options
The peach tree audio decco125 SKY should do what you’re after. Find some nice used speakers and you’re good to go. Totem if you can snag some. I set up one of my kids with the above. While not Dad’s system. Wow!LaSpada audio sells decent wire on e... 
Enquiring minds want to know
Only a panel of experts (or is it a panoply of experts) can break in acoustic panels from GIK. They do this by a pants splitting dance called the break dance. This is not to be confused with break dancing. (That’s a participial) Tin foil on the ce... 
Tube virgin looking for tube amp under $3k
+1 on PrimaLuna.  Should find a used integrated integrated in your budget.  
Which Songs Make Good Ringtones?
Ringtone marker app (apple) lets you make any part of a track a ring tone. My mother in law got the barking dog (standard apple issue).  
A stupid question for which there's no sensible answer.
Yup. Room #1Your hearing #2Speaker placement #3. Move them a bit a see! 
My hearing deficits are becoming clear...
@whitestix Like you I hear the stereo very well but (prior to covid) got lost with background noise is busy places. No amount of hydrogen peroxide solves it for me but the crackling is fun. Have you tried a cleaning? St. Jude?Hi from Davis. 
Neil Young calls out Tidal
When his (Neil Young's) Pono venture went dark a lot us got orphaned. It was not at all handled well. Poof.I'm in the US and on Qobuz there are dozens of his Albums..American Stars 'N Bars through to Zuma  
Tidal vs Quobuz
@highpeakriderWell does your name refer to snow, ski or bike riding? 
Tidal vs Quobuz
@highpeakriderI use Qobuz in my (not new) cars with Bluetooth. Don’t have to sign in ever. Car controls let me skip/repeat a track. Easy peasy. Don’t know if “apple play” sound is better? Don’t know how it could be?Add “Tunein” and you have radio ... 
What is the Silliest Accessory You Have Ever Seen.
Green latex paint? Or can you use oil? Day glow? Yeah Day Glow put on with clockwise strokes with micro detail sable brush.With some bit of seriousness over the years I have looked at some of the more far fetched looking "improvements" and come cl... 
What is the Silliest Accessory You Have Ever Seen.
With sincere apologies to OP for going off topic.@millercarbon From Wikipedia, Snowflake is a 2010s derogatory slang term for a person, implying that they have an inflated sense of uniqueness, an unwarranted sense of entitlement, or are overly-emo... 
What did your system look like 30 years ago?
Ah yes the Milty Zerostat (anti static gun). It was red. Good times.My older son (now past thirty) as a tyke turned up the volume all the way, gave us heart attacks and blew out my beloved three way Braun (810?) speakers. Amp was a Marantz, TT was... 
Tidal vs Quobuz
Tried both and thought SQ on Quohbuzz (Like that misspelling?) was a bit better. Naturally the ultra high res files do sound better.Still pondering Roon vs Qobuz but that's a "champaign problem".