I will say to polkfarmboy that tubed gear needs to have the appropriate tubes based upon the piece of gear. There is a tube for every piece of gear to make it sound it's best. The key is finding that tube (not type of course although it could be a variation of a tube type, but manufacturer and year, plate structure, and getter type). Again, this is my opinion based upon having all SS, all tube and a mixture of each. So far, I prefer the mixture of tube and SS. I receommned a tube Pre-amp and a SS amp (as you thought polkfarmboy). Gte the "right" tubes for the pre however. Also, a tube CD player and/or DAC would be nice too.