I'm looking to build a new system for the living room. Relatively small, say 15x22. I've never had a tube amp and would love to get into the market but know I would need a hefty chunk of money to get anything worth while. In the 3-5000 dollar range are great ss amps from Bel Canto, Hegel, Primaire and Rouge. They all have amazing products that I could easily live with but I'm still very curious when I hear people say things like,"Tubes are the only way to go". Thats a tall statement. Is there an integrated tube amp in that price range that is reliable and sonically pleasing? Is the buzz with tube stuff over rated? I have a decent record collection and a VPi Traveler. Just looking for something to play it through. I'm leaning toward the Haberth 30.1 or an equvilent DeVore speaker. Do I need to get a 10,000 dollar tube amp to get that warm tube experience?A great system can be had for 6-8000 dollars. It's not in my foreseeable future to have 50,000 dollars to spend on a pair of tube monoblocks. I have heard systems that rival 100,000 dollar sytems for a fraction of the money. Am I making to much out of all this? Thanks for your feed back.