The solid-state era of the 60's through the 90's sssssucked, for the most part, as far as "affordable" went. Tubes was the way to go, broadly speaking, until --
My Pioneer SX-1250, Toshiba SA-7100, and Kenwood KR-9000G would disagree with you. Those are only three of *many* of the classic silver face Japanese receivers made during the heavy competition of the mid to late 70s.
While class D 'digital' amplification is great for effiiciency, I wouldn't say it is superior to any well built Class A or Class AB amp.