I'm plenty old for my taste as well. ;)
I know what you mean, I as well put them down on my nice black woo audio stand and stare at those beautiful cups, still amazed by what I just heard.
The Meridian Explorer I have is a nice little amp/dac but the TH-900 deserves better.
I'm sure the A8 will give me all the quality ampwise I need. I'll go ahead and order it as soon as I get replies from SCV London and our own local importer.
And the only output of the A8 will serve my speaker amp. So no tube amp coming then. Yay, I saved money! :)