yur post just reminded me to warm up my tubeamps...after an hour or two on the audiogd :P
how forgetful of me... sweet misery.
I would have to agree that tubes typically sounds smooth, and sounds more musical or natural to my ears. I keep hearing the SS amps specs a better, low distortion, and therefore it should sound better.
It just confuses me. I probably prefer tube sound as long as the all the details are there, which I don't doubt as long as I have the right headphones.
It's always distortion, coloring, tube warmth, and etc.. People pick up tube amps because they like the sound, and lots of peope do hear a difference in tube and SS.
And that's where our opinions differ. Live music is far from great (strictly in terms of sound quality), most of the time studio albums are much better, and this is valid for a vast majority of music (especially non-acoustic).
As for accurate sound I'm still waiting for your EQ thread. So far, all you've said on the subject only tells me that you're a purist, and I like music. To each their own.
Well I don't have the money or the resurrection powers to bring my favorite artists to my living room for a live concert in a quiet setting, unfortunately. That said, when I put a CD of Art Pepper on, it sounds extremely good. I can close my eyes and it's how it sounds too.
I think it would be interesting to get you into a DBT of solid state vs tube amps just to see which you would pick as "better" and more "natural"... We'd be in for a few surprises I think