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Most resolving, transparent amps.
Phd- This company:(http://www.thecableco.com/about.php) allows you to try cables in your home, without risk, before you buy. That will eliminate any costly errors/possible system mis-matches. happy listening!! 
KT88s for Audio Research VS55
I'd been using NOS Phillips ECG's in my Cary SLM-100's for a long time, and couldn't bare the thought of changing to new production anything. That was until I found out what the prices had done on matched octets of ANYTHING NOS. Almost impossible ... 
Integrated Tube Amplifier for First Timer?
Look at these pieces, and read all the reviews: (http://www.upscaleaudio.com/view_category.asp?cat=36) They have some very worthwhile(user friendly) features too! 
Second failure of new amplifier
As long as you rolled the tubes with tubes of the exact same family(IE: 6DJ8/6922/6H23/7308/E88cc/E188cc/CCa) it should not void the warranty. Burn-in time has absolutely nothing to do with an amps affinity for blowing tubes. Sometimes the transla... 
Need quick answer- BAT VK3iX vs. BAT VK3ixSE
One more thing- If you buy the iX and shop for 6922's: ALWAYS specify LOW NOISE tubes. Of course- The ones in the SE will already be LN. 
Need quick answer- BAT VK3iX vs. BAT VK3ixSE
With the iX version- You will have the ability to try a wide variety of 6922's, while the SE will restrict you to Two choices, the 6H30 or 6H30pi. I've got a VK-D5 Cd player and have stuffed it with 6 NOS Siemens CCa's from the 60's. The accuracy/... 
Upgrade path...Need suggestions
Dennis Had(Cary + AES) designs some excellent equipment. I'd have recommended that also, but your budget..... I've owned a pair of Cary SLM-100s(slightly modded) for a while and love them. I'm also bi-amping, and agree that it would be an excellen... 
Most resolving, transparent amps.
Tgrisham and Phd have nailed the term, "transparency" to a tee. Further- If the recordings you are listening were engineered/reproduced with an unfortunate hand/ear- The transparent amp that faithfully reproduces the shortcomings IS NOT the liabil... 
CAL Alpha DAC: Stock vs. 24/96 upgrade
I don't know what you're using for an interconnect. If it's not something outstanding- this will vastly improve your combo's musicality (http://cls.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?cabldgtl&1206926128) I owned an Icon II, and when I went to the Del... 
Upgrade path...Need suggestions
Yes- tube amps sound more powerful than a SS amp of the same rating. There are a few theories why this so, but the jury's still out. With your budget it's going to be hard to get into a painless tube amp(or monoblocks) with the power that will fee... 
Upgrade path...Need suggestions
Oh- And you asked about if tubes are a hassle? These PrimaLuna pieces eliminate the bias adjusting, and even feature a soft-start circuit to enhance your tube life. Power requirements: Your Gallo's aren't extremely efficient. How loudly do you lis... 
Upgrade path...Need suggestions
Look at this stuff, and read the reviews: (http://www.upscaleaudio.com/view_category.asp?cat=96) There are bound to be some on this site used at some point. Any effort you put into dealing with tubes is worth every moment. That's IF you love the s... 
New Tube Owner
Sometimes a tube may have an internal short or bad connection. A cold solder joint to the tube socket could cause distortion/noise. Any of those problems could potentially be corrected by manipulating the tubes as you did, though it would be a tem... 
Bose 901...really
First of all: OOPS!! I've been calling the pro speaker the, "801." Shoulda been, "802." To answer your #1) Sure- they've corrected the SPEAKER for freq response(in an anechoic chamber), and generated all that IM distortion in the process(very meas... 
Isolation Devices for Digital
Determine the weight of you CD unit. Install six Vibrapods (the correct model for your weight of course) to the bottom plate of the player(3 in front/3 in back). Find a piece of Dupont Corian 1/2" thick and the same dimensions as your unit(1/4" sa...