I'm a tube guy. I run a tubed CD player (Musical Fidelity A5) or tubed phono stage (BAT VK-P5) through a tubed pre-amp (BAT VK-3i) into an 80-wpc power amp (Sonic Frontiers SFS-80). I'm driving Thiel 2.2 speakers which really need and can handle a lot more power but I'm not complaining about the sound. If I step up to a more powerful solid state amp (perhaps a BAT VK-220 at 125 wpc) but keep the rest of the tubed chain intact will I lose the tubed sound that I love? Or more generally, how much of that tubed sound is a function of the power amp?
I won't do anything without a home audition but is this essentially a fool's errand? I'd appreciate hearing opinions, expert or otherwise.