Do not hook up 2 amps the same speaker w/o a switching box. Some of our techies can explain why, but it should not be done,
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The thing that would make the most sense to me would be to use a decent tube preamp in the HT bypass loop for your music sources. That way, you could have tubes in the signal path at the push of a button.
With two pairs of amps there's not a real easy way to avoid a lot of clutter, and some switching issues...
Thanks to all for your responses. PLATO, sorry but how can I do that? do you mean that I can connect my cd player to a tube preamp and then conect that preamp to one of the imputs in my HT preamp? if this is correct, Im not adding distortion to the sound? thanks and sorry if this question sounds silly but need to clarify.
Jorsan, no, you connect the LT/RT front outputs from your HT preamp to one of the inputs on your tube preamp. Then the outputs from the tube pre go direct to power amp. This works best if tube pre has an HT bypass, but if not, set the tube pre at a set level, such as 12 o'clock and calibrate your HT system as usual. This setting is easy to remember. Now connect your CD player to the tube preamp. When listening to CD's, leave the HT pre off, and use just the tube pre. (make sure and turn the volume down first!).