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Speaker cable length.
@OP. You can do a simple experiment but it will require the two different lengths of cable. Use one speaker, and a mono source and then listen to the two respective lengths of cable and ask if you can hear a difference. Ideally, you would do this ... 
Transparent Audio is anything but Transparent
Transparent Audio want prospective customers to buy pre-owned cables from their Dealers. That is the best way for the company to ensure the integrity of their products. If one buys anything on the grey or pre-owned market, it is always a case of ... 
JJ preamp tubes - repeated problems
The vast majority of small signal triodes are made by either JJ or New Sensor - regardless of what name is on the box.  
Crackle and hiss on some albums
@OP Some modern pressings are noisy. And some purely analogue recordings exhibit tape hiss. Back in the era when multitrack recorders were limited to four or eight tracks, there was frequently an amount of bouncing done to increase the number of r... 
Songs you use when auditioning gear
@ danager - apology accepted! It's noble of you to do so.  
Songs you use when auditioning gear
@danager With due respect you, are wrong. Aaurally, it clear that the source for Gaucho is not digital. There is confusion because of their use of the Wendel digital drum machine/sampler. For one reference source regarding the recording, see the f... 
Which turntable? Pro-Ject or VPI?
The VPI is a better long term investment.  
JJ preamp tubes - repeated problems
@atmasphere - it's even worse than that because guitarists are switching to modelling systems which include cab simulation so that they can ditch their amps altogether. As far as I'm concerned these systems and class D amp's are very far away fro... 
JJ preamp tubes - repeated problems
There's nothing particularly bad about JJs - they are extensively used in the front end of guitar amplifiers that get a much harder life than hi fi. It's relatively unusual for small signal tubes to fail early in their life, but it does occasional... 
Songs you use when auditioning gear
"Chrome"  by Joe Jackson - specifically to test whether a system preserves timing information. Shelby Lynne's Just A Little Lovin' for ambience recovery. Regarding Steely Dan, I don't find Gaucho to be particularly useful as a test disc. The par... 
Solid State Low powered Amplifiers
The Sugden A21 would work well. It's solid state Class A but being low powered, it's not dissipating a massive amount of heat.  
A persistent hummmm...
@OP. That kind of hum problem can be very difficult to diagnose. As you have found out by using two different valve amplifiers, tube amps are inherently more susceptible to low frequency hum - often at the frequency of the mains - 60Hz in the US. ... 
Value of a preamp?
@Tonnesen - good article which correlates well with my own listening. In my own case, running analogue and digital sources necessitates a preamp anyway.  
Value of a preamp?
@tonnesen - I only saw your comment now. Very nice system BTW. The Playback Designs player is unusual in using an analogue volume control, thus achieving volume reduction without throwing bits away. How it compares to a preamp of commensurate qual... 
Amp — Leave on or turn off
My Pass XA 60.8 power amps take an hour to warm up and the sound quality improves slghtly over the next hour. There are no further gains to be made from leaving the amplifiers on when not being used from listening - except for warming up the room,...