I've always been interested in trying tube preamp for my system but haven’t had the nerve to make it happen. Recently I have been offered a BAT VK-32SE at a great discount but still hesitate to pull the trigger. I'm not sure if it will worth the hassle of getting the box, put it in the system and shipping it back if it does not work out plus the maintenance associated with tube gear. I realize that you don't know if it's worth the efforts or not until you play it in the system but then again will it worth the efforts to even try in comparison to what I already have? My system consists of:
1. Esoteric P70/D70
2. Pass X-600 mono amps
3. Levinson No 32
4. MIT Oracle 2.2 XLR interconnects and speaker cables (ultrawide band to match Pass amp)
5. Revel Ultima Salon (the latest before discontinued)
6. Torus System (balanced 20A 240V) - power up the entire system
The system sounds fantastic as it is to me; but the itch of trying a tube gear keeps bugging me (and I don't really want to get into the extreme of REX). I listen mostly to instrumental and contemporary jazz. I appreciate the opinions from TAS staffs and audiophiles in the forum.