I think another lesson to be learned is that new HiFi is not always better than old HiFi just because it's newer. The technology needed to build good integrated amps matured a very long time ago (I would say the 1980s, but some might say even earlier than that), and there's really not much left to improve. Most components in old amps can be repaired/replaced/upgraded by a competent engineer. Electrolytic capacitors are the worst offenders for deteriorating over time, but they can be replaced, as can volume pots and switches.
Main gear: Mac Mini > HRT Streamer II+ > Marantz PM66 KI > Mission 794
Also cluttering-up the place:
Thorens TD160 no cartridge; Marantz CD63 mkII KI; Technics SL-P777; Cyrus 2 + PSX; Cyrus Tuner; Nakamichi DR-1
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