Room is ~15x12.
Looking at the measurements for the Sasha here,
I'm thinking the Sasha is not a very tube friendly speaker and better suited for SS. Now if he were to try a very high quality SS, he might just give up tubes on those speakers.
Matter of fact- yes!
way back I had an amp- big, expensive, premier brand, that died, but fortunately, it was under warranty. Shipped it off for repairs.
while waiting for my amp back I took an unused NAD receiver I had (712?) and used it as an amp. I was shocked at how good the NAD sounded in that context.
We (I) need to stop listening to gear with our eyes . Cannot tell you how many times i look at a piece of gear in the rags and think wow that must sound great . Only by its appearance and price point do I come to that conclusion. Then i have to tell myself that it means nothing . If a plain black box was used it will sound exactly the same .