There is just something magical about a good tube amp that SS can't compete with (IMO at least). I find myself struggling to not buy a full fledged balanced tube amp because if I do it'll be a tube binge extraordinaire for me after that....those damn glowing bulbs are hard to resist and I need to spend money on another octet of EL34's for my current tube amp rather than forking over for another tube amp (for the cans).
That being said no reason you can't enjoy both setups equally for what they bring to the table. Congrats on the amp score dukja !
Same here. I have been struggling and debating on some balanced tube amps. They are either outside my budget (factoring in good tubes) or not taking in balanced input. I wish there is a tube counterpart of Audio-gd.
And doubled number of tubes that need to be acquired for the cost of being balanced isn't helping.
That was the reason why I finally plunged for a SET tube amp as a test to see if other magic factors (with high Z phones) may help so SE tube amp can compete for some head time with balanced SS one. CSP-2 may well be the case.
Edited by dukja - 5/27/10 at 10:56pm