Responses from mitchagain

Songs with excellent advice?
"Take It As It Comes" - The Doors "Let's Live for Today - The Grass Roots "Think For a Minute" - The Housemartins "Any Major Dude" - Steely Dan The Beat(en) Generation" - The The "Montana" - Frank Zappa    
Songs with excellent advice?
"Ooh La La" - Faces    
what to do with a stereo that needs repair
If it's cost effective to repair the Ayon amp then I'd do that. During the repair process you'll have a reasonable amount of time (with no pressure) to make sure that you're happy with your new amp. When the dust settles, sell the amp that you no ... 
If you had to narrow your choices to 4 - 5 speakers
Bache (for the plasma tweeter) Borresen Joseph Audio Legacy Audio Salk Sound Revel (curious if the "BE series" is worth twice the price of the Performa line)  
Law Of Diminishing Returns?
Finding a "happy medium" is hard but worth the effort. The old saying to "never buy an entry level or top of the line" item is good advice. Be patient, enjoy the process and hopefully you'll achieve an end game audio system faster than many of us ... 
Considering moving to separates with a tube preamp-appreciate recommendations
I suggest adding the Herron Audio VTSP - 3A to your list to consider. The used ones typically sell in the $2500 - $3600 range. Good luck and I hope that you reach the next level that you're looking for.  
Name 3 songs where audio quality and song quality completely align
+ 1 on "Live in New York - Summer in the City" by Joe Jackson (seek out the hybrid SACD version). Lot's of great "cover songs" on it. Speaking of which: Edie Brickell - Walk On the Wild Side Indigo Girls - Down By the River Rickie Lee Jones - S... 
Better story teller than Edmund Fitzgerald?
Since "Roads To Moscow" has been mentioned, I'll go with "Josephine Baker" by Al Stewart. I have walked past the Mariner's Church in downtown Detroit (referred to in the song as the "Maratime Sailors' Cathedral") and I can verify that is an emoti... 
Name 3 songs where audio quality and song quality completely align
Jump Into the Fire - Harry Nilsson Papa Was a Rolling Stone (long version) - The Temptations Blue Jean Blues - ZZ Top  
Who Would You Spend A Day With - Pick Two
If the main emphasis was listening to and discussing audio "gear", then I'd choose Doug Schneider. If the main emphasis was listening to and discussing audio "tweaks," then I'd choose Oregonpapa (R.I.P. Frank). If the main emphasis was listening... 
What are some of your favorite "COLD" songs?
@nortonrider, a friend of mine tried cryo for the first time and "Cold, Cold, Cold" by Little Feat was his choice. Since last year (when this thread started) I've started focusing on using more uptempo songs, because it makes the session go by fa... 
Is R.E.M. underrated by new music nerds?
RE the U2 - Bono urban legend: even if that story is not true, it probably should be.  
Burt Bacharach has passed away
Among the multitude of things that the world needs now would include a few more artists like Burt Bacharach, who can be both sophisticated and commercially accessible.  
Is R.E.M. underrated by new music nerds?
@yyzsantabarbara, it's probably not a coincidence that two of THE THE's best (and most consistent) albums were when Johhny Marr was a member of the band [Mind Bomb & Dusk]. @jcwilson makes a very good point: "they (REM) were also pivotal in s... 
Burt Bacharach has passed away
Like many of the great ones, he made it look easy. "Walk On By" is devastatingly good!