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First Tube Amp
If you wanted to stick to an integrated you could try a Cary SLI-80 or 300SEi both are excellent.  With either amp you can tube roll if you like.CHuck  
McIntosh MA5200 hum
As a diagnostic tool only I would try a cheater plug on the amp to see if the hum disappears. If it does then it sounds like you have a ground fault issue and perhaps running a dedicated circuit to your system may help.Chuck   
speaker cable prices
Try these I use his interconnects and they are excellent....Chuckhttps://www.dysonaudio.com/ 
Best amp/ IC's to go with my Thiel 2.4SB's
For interconnects I would try these they are very good irrespective of price. No affiliation just a satisfied costumer.https://www.dysonaudio.com/As for an integrated I would go with Pass but they are fairly pricey. The Thiels like a lot of curren... 
need your help on this one.....
The XA mono-blocs being Class A topology do get rather warm. I will not say hot as I have had tube amps in the past and those do kick out a lot of heat. I do not leave them on 24/7 instead turn them off when I retire for the evening. When I first ... 
need your help on this one.....
I would go with the Pass 350.8 great products and company. No experience with Plinius although I have heard they are a very good company. And as someone mentioned above Pass will more likely hold its value better and be easier to flip if you decid... 
The ups and downs of tube vs. SS...
I have had both and I am now using Pass Labs XA mono-blocs and I am very pleased with the results. Tubes are fun to play (rolling) with but can require much more maintenance and I can't say they are sonically superior to my Pass XA Mon-Blocs. Pass... 
Speaker cables for Focal Electra 1008be and Hegel combination. Supra Ply 3.4/S?
I listen primarily to large symphonic works as well as chamber music and solo piano some female jaz vocals. The metal music I have and listen to on rare occasions is Slipknot, Korn, Skillet and My Chemical Romance also enjoy Nirvna. The only short... 
Speaker cables for Focal Electra 1008be and Hegel combination. Supra Ply 3.4/S?
Yes the Focals can sound bright or etched depending on the amplification being used and is why I recommended using a Pass ss class A amp with them. I currently drive a pair of 1008Be's with Pass xa100.5 mono-blocs and a Pass xp20 pre. This was an ... 
Speaker cables for Focal Electra 1008be and Hegel combination. Supra Ply 3.4/S?
For cabeling I would try these very reasonably priced.https://www.dysonaudio.com/collections/audiophile-speaker-cablesAs for amplification I would jump on this from experience those Focals sound magnificent when driven with Pass class A power. No ... 
Damaged speaker rubber on Focal Electra 1008 Be. Return or Keep?
I wouldn't worry about the foam surround it doesn't look like it is torn in anyway. I have the same speakers they are fantastic when driven with the proper electronics and can be a bit harsh when they are not. Chuck  
Buying tubes...do they vary???
Power tubes do more so than the smaller signal tubes IMO and why you buy matched sets.Chuck  
Focal 1008 be vs KEF LS50 vs KEF R300/500/700 vs MA Gold 200
I drive a pair of Focal 1008Be's with a pair of pass xa100.5's and they sound very smooth and detailed and while I haven't listened to the other speakers you mentioned it would be hard pressed for me to switch from Focal except to maybe go further... 
My exp. with Focal Sopra No.2 , Harbeth 40.2, Passlabs XA30.5 and Hypex NC400
I drive a pair of 1008Be's with a pair of pass xa100.5's and they are very smooth and detailed not harsh at all; all silver cabeling.  What little experimenting I have done it seems to suggest Focals like class A power and/or Tube amplification as... 
Integrated amp with HT bypass for Focal Electra 1008 Be
Not sure the Pass integrateds have a home theatre by-pass but their class A integrateds INT 30A or 60A sound fantastic on Focals.Chuck