Ok this might be a pot stirrer, but it might be enlightining to know what everyone's priorities are. First let me list the pros and cons of each type. Others please add to the list. Solid State: ------------ PROS: 1) Maintenence free. 2) Forward presentation: More snap and sizzle to the presentation than Tube gear. 3) Fast and Accurate: Higher slew rates, high damping factors, very accurate in terms of reproducing the orignal waveform. CONS: 1) Higher amount of odd-order distortion leading to listener fatigue if not properly designed. Some of the designs from Pass, Mark Levinson, Proceed and Krell dont lead to listener fatigue, though. 2) Go into hard clipping that is strident and destroys drivers (tweeters) almost instantly. Please add to the CONS list as I couldn't think of any other reasons. TUBE: ----- PROS: 1) Vintage appeal. 2) Warm laid back presentation. 3) Sound louder than SS gear for the same output levels (in terms of watts) due to large amounts of even ordered distortion that makes it sound louder. 4) Even ordered distortion sounds 'sweet'. 5) Go into soft clipping that doesnt sound strident and doest destroy drivers as fast as SS gear does. 6) Tweakability of sound by simple change of tubes. 7) Could double as space heaters esp. the high powered amps (100+ watts) 8) The glow-in-the-dark appeal. Seriously, some of them love this aspect of tube gear too. CONS: 1) Highly colored sound, due to higher amounts of THD so less accurate compared to the original waveform. 2) Costly to maintian. Have to change tubes and re-bias them. 3) Could sound different everytime a tube is changed. 4) Tube Microphonics. My question to all of you is what do you prefer? and why? One one end there is accuracy and consistent sound year after year and on the other there is colored sound that changes year after year. Which do you pick? Having said that I myself found tube gear to be quite musical and sweet. I might someday take the plunge into tube audio myself for my 2 channel listening.