I used to own a tube preamp and have regretted it ever since the day that I gave it up. However, I do like the self sufficient nature of solid state and decided to stay with it for now. Fortunately, I ran into a piece of Pro Audio gear that has me really excited about bringing some of the 'Warmth' of tubes back into my system without giving up my solid state gear. The unit I'm speaking of is the Behringer Tube Ultra Q EQ. I don't really want to use the unit for the EQ section but for the tube characteristics it provides. It allows you to bypass the EQ section entirely and just use the unit as a tube interface which is what attracts me the most as well as the fact as you being able to dial in as much 'warmth' as you see fit. Also, I can dial out all tube characteristics when I want to, giving me the solid state sound all over when desired. Here's the link: Behringer Tube Ultracurve Q The price is $199.00 on the web. Does anyone have any obvious reasons why you shouldn't incorporate this unit in a 2-channel system. I am currently running my CD player directly to my amp and plan to put the Ultra Curve inbetween them. Thanks for any replies.