The deeper I get into the audio rabbit hole the more I start paying attention to the folks who talk about tubes and their importance in the chain.
It was suggested in another thread that I might consider a tube pre. Considering the the speakers/amp/AVR are pulling double duty for music/movies I was wondering if the sound would benefit noticeably using a tube pre with HT bypass. Then I started reading up a little bit about tube buffers and read through the thread by inspiredsports and I'm beginning to think I should give tubes a try. The question is, will a tube buffer be a good upgrade? Or should I go with a tube pre with HT pass-through? I should state that I have no intention to start a dedicated 2 channel setup so whatever I get has to fit into a HT setup.