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I'd certainly be tempted by the Willsenton R800i, which would leave you with $1000-2000 to upgrade the tubes to your liking. Also, maybe you could get a deal on a Synthesis A40.Virtus. I have its big brother the A100, which I prefer to any amp I'... 
Synthesis Amplifiers: One of High End's Best Kept Secrets?
@azwill  My cable evaluation is on hold until the arrival of my new DAC, the Lampizator Baltic 4.I expect it to arrive in the next week or so, and then we'll see how it shakes out. I will also be comparing a couple of very nice AES/EBU cables--an... 
Internet Noise: A Pest in the Machine
The Synthesis uses KT66 tubes, and I do not doubt that the amp was acting as an antenna. If the noise problem recurs now that the system is quiet as a church mouse, I will try tube swapping next. I once had a tube amp that picked up conversations ... 
Internet Noise: A Pest in the Machine
Thanks so much, guys.. This had become the ultimate conundrum--best amp I've owned, but an annoying problem that was robbing me of enjoying it. Now that the noise issue is gone, I can very highly recommend Synthesis amps to anyone without any rese... 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
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Internet Noise: A Pest in the Machine
For whatever it may be worth to anyone who contributed to this thread or may stumble upon it in the future--especially for anyone who may have a Synthesis amp or be considering one--I seem to have found a solution to the noise problem. It turns o... 
Internet Noise: A Pest in the Machine
I have checked the smaller tubes, but I do not have a substitute KT66 tube to try yet. The amp is new, so the tubes have maybe a hundred hours or so on them. One complication is the KT66 tubes are manual bias, and the design makes is very difficul... 
Internet Noise: A Pest in the Machine
By the way, I do have a dedicated circuit, and a Puritan 156 power conditioner. I have my components plugged into that, but not the ethernet switch. That might be worth a try.  
Internet Noise: A Pest in the Machine
Thanks for the help, folks. You have no idea how much I appreciate it. The cable coming into the house does seem to be pretty shabbily terminated.. There is some exposed wire and the cable can be twisted into an L at the switch, if that makes sens... 
Internet Noise: A Pest in the Machine
I tried a different switch today. Did not solve the problem. Next will be moving the cables and switches into the next room with the router, and then running a long ethernet cable back into the room and into the Aurender. If that doesn't do it, I ... 
Internet Noise: A Pest in the Machine
Fiber is not an option where I live unfortunately. I will try a better switch tomorrow and see if that helps, perhaps a Nighthawk. I appreciate all of the suggestions.  
Internet Noise: A Pest in the Machine
Thanks for the continued feedback and shared experiences. Just for some added context, I have not had these noise issues with other amps, especially solid state amps. It is not that I think the Synthesis is to blame, not at all. But the tubes appe... 
Internet Noise: A Pest in the Machine
Thanks, all. I will follow up on these suggestions and do some investigating.  
Internet Noise: A Pest in the Machine
I agree. That has been my approach. I have used my phono stage and have been able to play records with no issue. I do not have a CD player but could borrow one as an experiment. It seems pretty clear that the noise is related to the internet, sinc... 
Good Suggestions for Tube Amps under 6k
It's going to depend a lot on the kind of sound you prefer. I have owned several of the amps suggested here by others and liked things about each one, but they are also all different. My favorite by far in the upper end of your range (and well be...