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All I was doing was offering a plausible explanation of the differences heard. I have no knowledge or measurements of the actual tubes used by exacoustatowner. And I really did not, do not and will not troll - at least not intentionally. Provoke anyone to try to think of the posibilities overlooked so far - YES - troll - NO.
It is also possible for the tube to - create its own vibrations during operation. It is possible to test for this in actual circuit, playing some music - without a load ( or a resistor instead of speaker or headphone if required for amp stability ). Some (output power) tubes are "quiet", some can be heard across the room ... - regardless of any additional external stimulus. Transistors also are not noiseless in the same test - but there are far lower differences in their...
It is information from my experience. It is particularly acute in high gain circuits (phono preamplifiers).  If you tap with a fingernail on the tube, with everything open to the same level as you would during normal listening, there can be big difference among tubes. It does not result in howling ( like a microphone in a PA system ) - but it does get excited by structural or airborne feedback from loudspeakers - colouring the sound. I have had a similar experience with -...
Fair enough answer . Regarding tubes - try to check them for the microphonics. They might be electrically in order - but picking back structural or airborne feedback trough microphonics. They can be markedly different manufacturer to manufacturer, even batch to batch. That is why I tend to avoid tubes unless absolutely indespensable (high voltage diret drive elecrtrostatic amps).
I can understand that - and I agree.. But why, per default and as a principle, even reasonably priced cables ( like $ 30ish for RCA interconnect ) get so fiercely opposed by the objectivist camp ? Make no mistake, I will ALWAYS put better transducers and better electronics in front of the cables (except in those cases where they really are make or break in actually measured and audible differences, such as phono cartridges and electrostatic headphones ) - but I do hear an...
There are very few cartridges (alone, without the table and arm ) within this budget being capable of kind of keeping pace with good hirez. It is wishful thinking putting on the above mentioned tables say Ortofon Red ( to stay within the budget) and hoping the combination will cut it relative to the expectations. There is another aspect that needs to be mentioned. Record cleaning. After listening to what ultrasound cleaning does for the sound, I consider it Requirement #1....
Unfortunately, this is THE most iffy territory for your purpose. If we are talking new equipment, comparable to hirez is more expensive. I will sleep it over and see what possibly could be put together for this amount - but closer to the upper price limit. 0:42 AM here ...
Please state your budget range. Although analog turntable can subjectively compete with hirez, below certain amount of money it is wiser to stick with digital - unless in the possession of  large vinyl library. 
It boils down to your local DIY electronics part shop - or internet. Chinese produce one hell of a lot of types of speaker terminals, by some clever kludging it usually is possible to somehow mate gerbil with a kangaroo ... http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xspeaker+terminals.TRS0&_nkw=speaker+terminals&_sacat=0
Quite frankly, this is the most PITA alike thing in vintage gear. The terminals on my beloved Technics gear is - ahem - subpar (if we are polite about it ). Rhey can be replaced - but you will look far and wide before you will find "something/anything" that can phisicaly fitthe space/volume available - and it will result in VERY tight placement and not exactly user friendly changing the speaker/headphone cables. The biggest problem is in making the isolation "washer/plate"...
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