From my expereince, only having the best of both worlds (tubes and solid-state) will allow reaching the best digital reproduction.
As I see it, it's similar to having multiple cartridges/arm/turntables/phono-stage in the analog world. And that's something that many of us have and enjoy.
As part of my CH-based system build, I came to a crossroad to decide what's next.
My budget allows one CH (series 1) box.
I currently own a C1.1 with a roon-ready ethernet card. I stream using Qobuz and my own digital library (ripped CDs and high-res downloads).
I have a large library...
As you've said before, it very much depends how close you are to concert venues and which artists perform.
Classical music on digital has matured to a level where only the best engineered and pressed LPs can better them.
I was only mentioning that there are many great performances that don't cost an arm and a leg.
I own multiple performances of classical pieces that I love and I enjoy listening to different performances and explore them. For me that's one of the highlights of this hobby.
I was not referring to sonically good sounding performances, only the aspect of the classical piece performance.
Peter was "complaining" about the high prices of rare collectors recordings.
BTW, my "mode of work" is that if I listen to a great performance and find it's worth investing in a NM/M...
There are so many great performances of classical music pieces, that I would not go "hunting" for rare and record collectors performances that cost an arm and a leg. BTW, most of the rare recordings are available on digital.
I own multiple sources to have an option to listen to any performance...
A bit OT - I have tried various mono cartridges - e.g. SPU Mono, Miyajima Premium BE and non have impressed. They were OK, but my stereo cartridges always sounded better, if on a mono reissue or a mono original pressing.
Only when I've got the Miyajima Infinity did I "discover" the pros of a...