I have a nice (at least I like it) setup of solid state equipment, an sd/a 490t CD player, which has a tube output stage, a Sunfire Symphonic Ref Pre Amp and the Sunfire 600 X 2 amp driving a pair of ALS Silver Editions. My question is, if I want to get that "tube sound" could I get there by replacing the Symphonic Ref pre amp with a C-19, or a Sunfire vacuum tube pre amp? Have I already achieved that sound with the 490t? If I get a tube pre amp is it all for naught if I don't get a vacuum tube amp also? In other words soes a solid state amp negate or minimize the sound of the upstream tube components? Or does each component have the ability to add more and more tube sound? Can you gave too much tube sound?
I also read discussions of guys changing out the brand, or type, of tubes and that changes the sound noticably. I know there are a lot of you regular posters on this site who have an incredible wealth of knowledge, and I've already learned a lot just reading your posts, so what's a good way for a simple solid state guy to unlock the sublime mysteries of the vacuum tube? I appreciate your advice.
Mv-5, SDA-490t, ALS Silver, Sunfire CRM-2, TS EQS-12, Shanling SCD-T200A