Responses from aewarren

New integrated amp
The one that works best with your speakers. 
Tweaks that work? (yes very subjective topic)
Put some drapes on those windows, carpet on those hardwood floors, and move that desk chair when listening to your system. 
What is up with Audio Research during the pandemic?
ARC has provided me with fantastic customer service over the years. If they have been slow getting your tubes out to you, please be patient. These are difficult times for businesses everywhere. 
How many NICE looking high end floor standing speaker are there at present
You gonna look at them or listen to them? The best speakers disappear when you turn them on. 
How do you share the sweet spot?
Eskimos used let their guests sleep with their wives. 
What Percentage Off Would You Expect to Discount For Open Box Amp with Blemish
The dealer should pay you to take it. 
In the middle of a pandemic, Stereophile reviews ~ $30K equipment
I used to subscribe to Playboy magazine. I enjoyed looking at the pretty women much more than the less attractive ones although I knew I could never afford them. 
In the middle of a pandemic, Stereophile reviews ~ $30K equipment
It's just a magazine. No one is forcing anyone to buy any of the items in it, but to some it's enjoyable to read about what some profess to be "the best" even though they're way out of reach. Last time I looked both Stereophile and The Absolute So... 
Does anyone collect something else other than music.
Feeling Tweaky
I have tried many tweaks over the years. Some proved to be positive upgrades, some made differences that were not appealing, and some made no difference at all~at least to my ears. But the tweak that has been the most consistent and cost -effectiv... 
Wow an old album that rocked your world
Billy Cobham - Spectrum 
What Have I Bought?
I'm really surprised you found a pair in mint condition as the woofer's foam surround was subject to deterioration. 
Audiophile Albums....Yes indeed
Religious music for less than devout
Yah Mo Be There - James Ingram and Michael McDonaldJust Be Thankful - William Devaughn 
Silver is the appropriate color for everything but speakers.
I did an extensive comparison of two colors and found that silver components sound slightly brighter. The┬áblack ones tend to sound darker but do a better job of disappearing especially at night.