Responses from guy-incognito

Please settle a bet!
I would pick the Revel F206 towers given the Mac integrated being used. I have Revel F208s and they didn't come to life until I added a Parasound JC5 to the chain. Nothing wrong with the Focal Aria but I personally much prefer the Revel offerings.  
When to Amp it Up?
Have you tried bridging your current amps as opposed to running them bi-amped? I'm not sure if it will be better or worse but given they are rated 4 ohm stable while bridged it is worth a shot. 500 watts 8 ohm and 800 watts at 4 ohm in bridged are... 
Products you added to your system in 2021 that made most impact to your music enjoyment
Two big upgrades for me this year. Added a Parasound JC5 in February and finally feel like I have the headroom and power my Revel F208s had been lacking. Also upgraded from a Bluesound Node 2i to a Aurender N100h in May and was pleasantly suprised... 
what's going on with specs?
I have a JC5 running some Revel F208s and it sounds amazing. My buddy has a BHK 250 running some Sonus Faber Olympica Nova V's and it also sounds amazing. You need to figure out what you want. Both amps are different variations of awesome. 
Combining home theater with two channel
OP, you are in for a treat with the JC5. The Emotiva switch mode power supply just cannot compete with a monster toroidal transformer. The JC5 has quality power for days. Im using a JC5 with an Arcam sr250 currently in a system that pulls double d... 
Best Desktop Speakers under $500
I have the Vanatoo Transparent Zeros and for the price I don't think you can do much better.  The smaller Audioengine and Kanto powered speakers look nice but they really need a sub to help with the lower frequencies.  The Vanatoo's really have an... 
Owning the speakers you dreamed of 20 years ago
My biggest concern about older speakers has been availability of replacement parts/drivers. I have seen multiple pairs of gen 1 Revel Salons with a blown rear tweeter for sale. Have also seen people hunting the used market for that same replacemen... 
Low budget vintage preamp or new
How about a left field option with something a little more versatile.https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisac329-arcam-sr250-receiversI run this Arcam SR 250 (msrp $3600) as a pre with a Parasound JC5 and it works great for a split system for movie... 
How can i improve the sound of Iphone 11?
I have a Helm Audio Bolt DAC that I have been pretty happy with. It's a USB C dongle DAC that I use with a Samsung S21. With an android phone I'm using USB Audio Player Pro to stream Tidal and Qobuz and I have no complaints.  
When someone listens to your system for the first time.
I'm in my late 30s and have played my system for close friends in their 60s with similar results. It's great to share this hobbie with people of any age. 
Recommendation for amp
Hegel or Parasound Hint 6.  
New speakers dilemma for vinyls... Heeelp! :)))
I have a new model Rega planar 8 with the Apheta 3 cart but I have experience with the planar 6 and both the Ania and  Ania Pro cartridges. My recommendation would be to skip the base Ania cart and step up to the Ania Pro since it has the finer st... 
Build a wooden crate or use a cardboard box for Amplifier.
In my industry we receive heavy weight pumps in a reinforced double thick cardboard boxes. The pumps are typically bolted to a plywood bottom. This keeps them from moving around and getting damaged in freight. You could cut a plywood base to sit i... 
You mean someone buys this stuff?
$4400 for a $900 Rega planar 3 built into a coffee table?... this is not for the audiophile community. This is for those who can't DIY and don't ultimately care about the sound. A Planar 3 for the layperson is probably all they will ever need. The... 
Mat for Rega P10
Um... yes, I was being facetious.That said, the recent glowing review above does compare adding a Stein mat to be in the same league as adding $10k worth of system upgrades. So what do I know? Probably no hyperbole there.