OK I will describe my system. But PLEASE don’t tell me my system is crap, "get rid of" this or that, etc. It’s not at all helpful and will only serve to make angry. Not all of of us can just replace components will-nilly; as this is not my only expensive hobby. So if you don’t have a helpful, specific to my ultimate question just please don’t reply to this thread.
CJ PV10AR Preamp from about 2000 (my have had a slight upgrade to caps before I bought it but otherwise it’s as it came out of the factory - aside from regular tube replacement with tubes recommended by CJ; which were just replaced.
Emotiva XPA-2 Gen3 amp
Primarily use Bluesound Node 2i as source these days
Maggie 1.7i speakers
All speaker cable and interconnects mid-price of the Straightwire line.
Is there a burn-in on the new tubes? If so, how long?
CJ wants to do some "major" cap upgrade that they say is WAY overdue as the original parts are past their sell-by date. What should I notice with such an upgrade?
I don’t want to influence the answers (yet) with my impression of the current sound.
Well great advice from all to take on-board. I am prepared to go with CJ and the Teflon upgrade and I think the filter caps. The want $700 and can spend no more. If the other guys are more than that - even if I get more - it's a non-starter.