What to try?

Currently have Yamaha As1200 integrated with KLH Model 5.  Looking to get a more refined sound with a tube integrated.  220 square foot room,  8 foot ceilings.  I  am getting a somewhat foreword presentation now but good solid clear sound with punch.  Thinking about a Pathos Classic One MkIII or Willsenton R8 or Line Magnetic KT88.  The Pathos is a hybrid but have heard good things.  Play mostly vinyl with Fluance RT 85 and Ortofon Blue. Listen to mostly rock and alt country and some classical.   Just thinking of dipping my toes into tubes to get a different sound.  Any suggestions?


Great suggestions @soix et al.  Would love to experience Unison Research ... and TMR is highly rated.

Try Bacch4mac theoretica.us. 

Game changer. I'm done with upgrades amounting to subtlety and nuance 


re VSi60 controls:

”Push buttons: Volume up, volume down. (103 steps, 20 LED indicators), Input, Mono, Mute, Power. All functions on IR remote control”

The owners manual is available at the ARCDB link I included in my previous post, if that helps.

Thank you @rfnoise.  I looked closer at the pictures and saw the buttons. I may pull the trigger on that. Thanks for the suggestions. 

I have had at various times in my room a Pathos Classic One MkII, Willsenton R8, Muzishare X7, Decware Zen TORII Mkiii and an LM 218ia.  The Decware was simply awesome.  I loved the LM as it gave spooky realistic "performer in the room" imaging.  This had a lot to do with the fact that it is a 211 based amplifier however which is SET and very different from KT88 PP.  But I enjoyed the Muzishare and it is KT88 based, especially for the price.  I felt the Willsenton was poorly constructed and overhyped and thought the Pathos was a bit anemic (in my scenario) and oddly designed (ungainly long with speaker terminals frustratingly close together).  Just my opinion.