Current setup: Table - Pro-Ject Xtension 9 Cart - AT-VM760-SLC Phono Stage - Lounge MKIII w/Silver Wire Amp - Yamaha A-S501 Speakers - KEF LS50 (on KEF stands) Room size = 12x12 was doing a little vinyl listening with a friend who is into vinyl and getting a lot of positive feedback on my system. He is the type of person who likes a mellow sound that does not have too much punch. He thinks punch sounds “artificial” I personally like where my system is at and fine tuning is really all I have been doing. Speaker placement, wiring, power conditioning, room treatments ,etc.... One thing I want us more punch, I am not like my friend and enjoy punch to my tunes. fast forward to more recently as one of our local shops opened and I wanted to go in and see what was up, not really in the mood to buy anything at the moment, and the sales guy, who knows my system, as I have bought other stuff from them, starts to tell me I need to upgrade my amp.... they deal in higher end stuff, but he thinks my amp is the source of my lack of punch? Does an amp have that much to do with punch? Thought it was more the cart, phono stage and speakers?