Originally Posted by NHBubba
I want to hear sound that sounded just like the artist/recording engineer intended.
Then you need tube gear and some vinyl. Most insturments don't put out zeros and ones, they put out analog waves. A class A tube amp is going to be much truer to the original signal than a regular class B solid state switching amplifier will be. If you want to go all the way you can get a single ended triode amp which is the simplest topology out there. Only problem is they are very limited on power.
I'm not trying to convince you of anything, nor am I even stating my views. I'm just showing you what the typical argument would be from a tube head.