Yes. FWIW, IMHO, I recently purchased a YBA Integre DT, with phono stage for my bedroom system (Toshiba sd9200, AR TT with shure v15 cartridge, AR dac 3, McIntosh mr78 tuner, and Martin Logan sl 3's). I leave it on all the time, and it runs cool. Sound is articulate, refined, and detailed, as well as very easy to listen to and enjoy(music thru the night,etc.) Look at the YBA stuff, you will be glad you did. I am. Happy listening.
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You can satisfy both your cravings by getting a Butler TDB-2250: MOSFET-based, tube hybrid. There is one on Agon for $2200/obo - I bet you can get it for $1995, check it out:
Linar Class A design
I use both of the above.
Not much advertising, does not play the magazine advertise/review/headgame. Victor Sima (owner and designer) was the founder of Simaudio -great guy to talk to, accessable, and will answer all questions if you call him.
Smooth, extended, lightning fast, nice sound stage and natural balance. I believe if these amps were advertised, and were saturated to the public, they would easily double their new price.
Yes Unsound, that's a good idea. The second system is for my workaspace. Unlike my main system where I spin 95% vinyl, this will be a digital only affair. I will be using a Meridian 507 CDP and a pair of Reference 3A De capo's. Preamp will of course depend on whether I get an integrated or not, if not I might need a tube in there. The idea was to leave it on all the time, so my preamp tube might have to take a back seat. I want to solve the amp issue first, and entertain the integrated issue a bit.
Thanks for all your help and advice guys.