Well...it's amazing what happens when something is wired correctly!!!
Now we're talking. Both channels throw within a decibal or two of each other. The sound stage is HUGE. I never believed the difference a pre-amp can make, but now I do. And this is the initial "quick listen." My ST70 has about 75 hours on it and the SP14 about, oh, 30 minutes. So my next question is how much with this system change and when do I dare even THINK about tube rolling? I think it's showing the distortion or "brightness" of my Tannoys which have been a criticism of them, but I do still like them for what I use them for. Next up, let this puppy burn in and get a good DA/C.
Thank you for helping me everyone, I truly do appreciate it. I will post a more detailed review geared towards newbies like myself after a while.