Tube based surround sound integrateds aren't anything I have come across. And even a tube amp for 90 dB efficient speakers for under $1000 is going to be a tough price point to hit.
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I had a Butler TDB-5150 and loved it. But it is a power amp, not an integrated. You would still need a surround preamp/processor to complete the rig. And you'll never find a Butler for anywhere near $1,000. If you're lucky, maybe $1,500...
Emotiva make some well-regarded, inexpensive surround processors. Check out their UMC-200, on sale right now for $599. Comes with 30-day in-home trial and has a 5 year warranty.
Thank you friends, for all comments and advice.
Mik- I know it is a step backwards- but downsizing usually is...
Could anyone comment on whether it's possible to connect a surround processor (e.g. the Emotiva suggested by RW) to my vintage Fisher? It does have an RCA pre-out input.
And I have heard good things about the Dared gear before. Is it recommended for Bluray DVD's? Mostly what I've heard was raves for multichannel SACD.
Thanks again for any further advice.