Originally Posted by dschulz
I am firmly camped out in the digital, home theatre side of things, and all in favor of using modern DSPs for things like bass management and room correction.
At the same time, I have a decent vinyl collection and although I think digital audio is superior to vinyl, there is something deeply satisfying about playing and listening to records.
So I find myself wondering: have any manufacturers made a high-quality tube pre-amp (to get that stereotypically warm sound you get from the even-ordered harmonic distortion from tubes and also, let's be honest, the pleasing aesthetics of a tube amp glowing in your room) with a built-in very high quality A/D converter, so that you could pass say, a 48/24 digital signal over HDMI or USB to an AVR? Would there be a market for such a device?
McIntosh C2700 tube preamp.... phonostage, dac, hdmi, and visible tubes
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