I have a pair of Grado RS1i that I'd like to buy an amp for.
I hope to purchase one of the new Emotiva ERC-2 Differential Reference CD players to use as my source (one of the main reasons being it decodes HDCD and I have a couple hundred HDCD discs...).
Though this is my first post, I've poked around for quite awhile...long enough to know that the Mapletree Ear+ is a great match and that tubes in general mate well with the RS1.
Though it is at the very top of my budget (of $1,200), I am leaning toward the WA6 SE.
My question for you guys is this: Given the fact I've never even seen a tube amp before, should I be intimidated by the idea of owning one?
In other words, I read a lot of threads about tubes that frankly just confuse the heck out of me, not to mention cause concern with all the talk of buzzing noises and other issues (that while solvable) all seem to require some level of expertise/experience that I don't have.
Is it naive to think I could buy a tube amp, roll in the tubes that come with it (or the Sophia upgrade everyone seems to think so much of) and not have to worry about it for at least a couple years?
And if any of you do have words of caution, are there any SS amps you'd steer me toward for my RS1?