Valve equipment – where’s the proof that these are really on the way back?

At the HiFi Expo last week (10,000 visitors over two days - stunning success) there was vinyl everywhere, but also lots of valve amps or preamps. This was interesting for me because I'd not heard valve gear before. In fact, the item I ended up liking the most featured a valve in the pre-amp stage. Maybe it was a false impression, but is valve-based equipment looking to be next year's DAC? It certainly seemed that way.

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