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I pretty sure you can't. If you attempt to connect RCA and XLR, for safety, one connection will be shut down. If I remember correctly, you will lose the XLR connection.
You can use the tube to drive the mains at all times, although you may not want to use this option since this will certainly decrease the life of the tubes, and I assume you only want to listen to the tubes while listening to two channel music.
Perhaps someone may chime in and tell us if an external HT bypass would be an option. Some tubes have a HT bypass built in, I don't know if a stand alone is sold.
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