I just received the most recent flyer from Musicdirect and on the front page is a Musical Fidelity X-10v3 Tube Buffer Stage for 25% off MSRP.
I did a search here on tube buffer stages and got 19 threads as hits. I read them all and I'm not sure I am understanding this.
You guys, and you know who you are, have me salivating and jonesing to hear tubes. I've heard hybrid preamps and a tubed preamp. I've also heard tubed CDPs. I haven't heard a fully tubed system in 20 years and what I remember of them wasn't good but I am sure that in 20 years tubed systems have been improved if not nearly perfected.
I remember as a kid my father, mother, and band members all using tubed amplifiers when they had jam sessions and I do remember that sound. I haven't heard that sound in many many years but it is very hard to forget it.
So that lends this question. . . would I get a good taste of what tubes sound like by placing this unit between my preamp and three amps? Is it possible for this to "warm" things up sufficiently to give me a real taste for the natural sound and bass that tubes provide? $299 new plus shipping makes me wonder.
All feedback is appreciated, all wise cracks welcome, all rips encouraged :p LOL!!!:D :)