I am using a CJ PV-10 as a pre-amp, Spendor s5e, Arcam cd-73, and Rega P3.
I am not saying that the Rogue does not have a great tube sound. Prior to the Rogue, I had a Blue Circle CS Integrated in my system, which was also a great amp that I regret parting with. The CS is solid state, but has a harmonic richness that is absent in many solid state amps. When I compared the Rogue to the CS, I could clearly tell the difference that the tubes made -- the sound of the Stereo 90 was even more harmonically rich than the CS and more palpable.
I am considering obtaining some NOS tubes for the Stereo 90 to replace the stock tubes in the 12AX7 and 6SN7 positions. I would be appreciative to hear if anyone has tried new (or NOS) tubes in the Stereo 90 and obtained a noticeable change in its sound signature.
As I said above, I am happy with the Rogue, but just would like to hear a "syrupy" amp in my system. My main listening is acoustic music and I think such an amp would serve such music well. However, they seem to be few and far between these days in terms of models that are still in production.
Rumadian, if the i84 is how you describe it, I might just have to check it out. Otherwise, I will have to keep my eyes peeled for a used mv-55 or cav-50 for sale.