I don’t know that is true. Good SS comes in all manner of flavours. While maybe not as colourful as the wildest tube stuff, SS can be rich, warm and lovely sounding also.So the "seeking" part of my question... I've a sneaking suspicion that if you're looking for more vivid colour it will be hard to find on the SS side of things, at least in any modern gear that would meet other criteria. Tubes are never going to be as quiet as SS, though both of my tube phono pre amps don't make enough noise to be audible unless one really cranks things with no music playing. The couple of chip-based pre's I had briefly were both noisier when it came down to it.