Tube curious - Preamp or Integrated

ClipdatClipdat Posts: 593
edited December 7 in Wanted (WTB) Classifieds
I've only ever had my ears on solid state components since I was first exposed to "high end" audio back when I was a kid in the 90s (I'm only 33, be nice!) listening to my Dad's Onkyo integrated and Snell bookshelf speakers.

I'm looking to experience what tubes have to offer and want to purchase a tube preamp, which I will combine with a solid state amp (don't have yet, recommendations welcome), or just a tube integrated amp.

Let me know what you got! Thanks!
Bedroom 2 channel: NAD C316BEE, Marantz cd6004, Rotel RCD-1072, Sony SCD-CE595, Polk Audio LSiM 703, Audioquest Bedrock & King Cobra, Kimber Kable Tonik
HT: Onkyo HT-RC360, Athena Micra 6

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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,648
    Budget? I assume this is to go with the 703s.
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    Speakers: Harbeth: P3ESR, 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 593
    Yep, for the 703s.

    Budget would be up to $1,500. Although I'm looking to not spend that much if possible, but all tube stuff seems so pricey :(
    DSkip wrote: »
    Budget? I assume this is to go with the 703s.

    Bedroom 2 channel: NAD C316BEE, Marantz cd6004, Rotel RCD-1072, Sony SCD-CE595, Polk Audio LSiM 703, Audioquest Bedrock & King Cobra, Kimber Kable Tonik
    HT: Onkyo HT-RC360, Athena Micra 6
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 593
    edited December 7
    Also I forgot to mention, I don't need/want a built in phono stage, headphone jack, or DAC.
    Bedroom 2 channel: NAD C316BEE, Marantz cd6004, Rotel RCD-1072, Sony SCD-CE595, Polk Audio LSiM 703, Audioquest Bedrock & King Cobra, Kimber Kable Tonik
    HT: Onkyo HT-RC360, Athena Micra 6
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