Why not enlighten us in what you vast experience with tube gear is. Listing the components you have heard and spent time with in your system. Or will these two questions go unanswered as many others I have asked you. Like the fact that you refuse to list the components that you "own".
Again this is irrelevant and show how bad you are reaching for anything, just from a simple conversation with you it shows that you have no idea abut tube gear. Since you said this pre amp was your first and you did not even know that tubes wear out and need replacing.
"get your mind around the tube sound" are you serious? Do you consider yourself some type of tube audio guru? I have been getting my mind around the tube sound since I bought my Perseus pre-amp and I am quite happy with it.
I think everyone has noticed since that is all you push for, you should really start some reading on tube audio gear to get a better understanding, that is if you can comprehend it.
Here we go again with the numbers game. Without going back and looking at your previous posts I do not ever recall you talking much about the SQ of a specific component. Its always about the numbers. Now you are telling me to get a tube amp which I have no desire to get. But while you mention tube amps why don't you give some suggestions of ones I could look at if I change my mind.
You like high distortion sound so why not add to it?http://www.lammindustries.com/PRODUCTS/ML3descr.html
Once again for someone who has not heard the components I own or heard them in my room for that matter. You assume my system is loaded with distortion. And how do you do that....... oh right by the numbers
Who said anything about no hearing any of your components? Is your room some how special? So you do not think the THD rating matters?
Why don't you put you money where you mouth is and show us all here written documented proof that 0.1% THD is actually audible. And while you are at it how 0.1% THD effects SQ. Thats my challenge to you from me. Come on Spec Man put up or shut up! I am here to learn oh great one so educate me.
First we need to put your pre amp on the bench since the THD is probably a lot higher then 0.1% and I do not think I can teach you since you refuse to listen or read.
Thank you for putting a smile on my face at the end of the day, I appreciate it!
Oh don't worry because many other people are smiling but smiling at you.