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Sopra 2 Amp Recommendation
I've heard a good pairing of Sopra 3 with Esoteric F-05, so I guess you could look for a Esoteric S-02? Another amp that impressed me at your price range was SPL Performer S1200.  
Tube Integrated With Clarity
@falconquest Higher powered tube amps from the likes of Jadis, Lab12, Leben, AudioNote, etc are certainly not lacking in the speed department. I moved up from a SS Class A integrated to tube and my current amp renders electric guitars and drums m... 
Tube Integrated With Clarity
@brylandgoodman As a fellow Lab12 Integre4 user, albeit the MKII version, I think you would be hard pressed to find another tube amp that could match the clarity and speed of the Lab12. I am assuming you were describing the positives of the Lab12... 
Lush and Romantic Tube Amps
@marco1 Two recent SS amps that I really like at your price range are Perreaux 300ix and HifiRose RA180. IMO the only SS amp I consider to be better than the 300ix is Aavik I-280. Soulnote A2, Luxman L-509x, Hegel H390, Accuphase E380 are other p... 
Lush and Romantic Tube Amps
Surprisingly, the setups I've heard so far that could be described as lush, warm, and romantic utilized SS amps. One used a Vitus integrated and another an Esoteric Class A power amp.  My experience with higher powered tube amps is that they give... 
Need a new Class AB SS integrated...$2-3k due to hurricane
My local KEF dealer pair them with NADs.  The new NAD C 3050 is very good and I heard it drive Kef Reference 3 Meta beautifully (I've heard the LE edition but the Non LE edition is pretty much identical) I've heard also NAD C700 with LS50 Meta. ... 
2nd system for office, all-in-one integrated suggestions
A few really good recent offerings. The NAD I think more enjoyable compared to some of their more expensive options.  NAD C 3050 Cabasse Abyss  JBL SA750  
seeking advise please on my short list for new speakers? (15k budget)
@vthokie83 I would consider Audiovector R1 Arrete and Triangle’s Duetto 40th. I’ve listened to Duetto very recently and it was a fun and detailed listen. And driven only by Marantz 40n!    For 2.1 setup, nothing IMO beats a Cabasse Riga and Balti... 
Where to insert tubes while running a Luxman SS integrated
I would recommend you to get a DAC with tube output stage. Either Lab12 DAC1 Reference or Aqua La Scala MKII.     
seeking advise please on my short list for new speakers? (15k budget)
@deep_333 The Z1 Cryo is just shy of 15K. Perhaps some might recommend the cheaper Borresen X3. I've heard both and I think the Z1 Cryo is worth the premium. I forgot to mention TAD-ME1. It's fantastic and still within OP's budget.  For active, I... 
seeking advise please on my short list for new speakers? (15k budget)
@deep_333 I've heard both NS-3000 and NS-5000. They were good, but IMO not in the same league as Borresen and Gauder Akustik. Out of the two I preferred NS-3000. The sound was more focused and exciting. I listened to them with all Yamaha setup tha... 
seeking advise please on my short list for new speakers? (15k budget)
I've auditioned a lot at this price range.  For stand mount without a question Borresen Z1 Cryo and Gauder Akustik Berlina RC3.  For tower, Audiovector Arrete R3 and Apertura Edena.   
Speaker with Modern Design
There are surprisingly plenty of options. Elipson Planet L Amphion Argon 0 Eclipse TD508MK3 Scandyna Minipods    
Streamer+R2R dac+True balanced Class A preamp all-in-one?
@deep_333 You can try TEAC UD-701N as well. Same architecture as the Esoteric but less than half the price. Esoteric and TEAC are basically the same company.   
Streamer+R2R dac+True balanced Class A preamp all-in-one?
Well, Boulder 812 seems to fit your need, though I'm not sure what is the DAC architecture inside that. There's also Esoteric N-05XD, not R2R, but very fine sounding nonetheless.