Responses from nickofwimbledon

Spendor, PMC, ProAc, ATC- Sonic characteristics and differences?
All 4 have wide ranges of excellent speakers. All the caveats here looks sensible, not least because how they sound will depend a lot of room  & system. If trying to generalise about (say) £3K-£4K floorstanders... Those who tend to listen to... 
Recommendations for against the wall high efficiency speakers
Tannoy (second hand Stirling or Turnbury perhaps), Fyne and Klipsch all fit the bill imho, but the first 2 are very different from Klipsch.  
Most amusing album or song titles
Lots of Zappa of course, but how about Caravan’s LP: ‘If I Had To Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You’?  
G Rated Comments About the Relevance of Pink Floyd’s Animals Album:
G Rated Comments About the Relevance of Pink Floyd’s Animals Album:
‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ and ‘Whitey’s On The Moon’ grabbed me as a schoolboy, but then so did ‘Mississippi Goddamn’ by Nina Simone and ‘When I Win The Lottery’ by Camper Van Beethoven.  
G Rated Comments About the Relevance of Pink Floyd’s Animals Album:
@lordmelton is dead right, though it’s obscure knowledge for those on here below about 50, and/ or those in the USA. The comments above about the dangers of pessimism, or perhaps cynicism, will ring a bell for those who have followed Mr. waters an... 
Help me upgrade my beginner system!
I too suggest that you talk to a dealer so you can hear some options, but it would make sense to list the kit you are inheriting as keeping some of it may be the VFM option. If the cartridge is in really good nick, you have several ways to spend y... 
Compact Floor-standing Speaker Recommendations under $4k
Later B&Ws (now very expensive) work really well, but for many years a lot of us found their tweeters impressive initially but too wearing for long or loud sessions. Spendor A7s and ProAc D20s are both good options, but ATC ACM 40s might well... 
Looking for speaker recommendations
I have B&W 804 D3s with a big Naim/ Linn system and am very happy with them. However, my room is a little bigger in every direction and is still only just big enough. In my system and room I get strong but tight bass, but good and wide stere... 
Audiophile Speakers for Rock, HipHop and Techno
Th question looks to exclude floorstanders, which probably cuts out of most of the obviously great choices, including several suggested above.    That still leaves many good suggestions here, but I would add Neat speakers - fast, vivid, engaging,... 
what’s a song cover that you think is better than the original?
There are lots of great covers here and I’ll try organon a proper answer later. For now, and given the songs already mentioned, I am surprised not to see lots of support for Mr. Cash singing Personal Jesus.    Mind you, as soon as I typed that, ... 
Thoughts on the Linn LP12 turntable
Sorry about the typos - old fingers, iPhone….  
Thoughts on the Linn LP12 turntable
This is another vote for the LP12 being a great turntable. There is much to like about older models with a judiciously chosen upgrade or two, but the LP12s of 25+ years ago do not sound like those of today, so some perfectly good LP12s are fun bu...