Vintage Amps
Konrad W asked:

I 'the VE that develops many of the electronic valve amplifiers and audio amp? Ri guitar tube. Gradica using just because? I have a large collection of them and I 'm. trade in the radio and the pipe of the year. I 'M a big fan of the tubes and the self power beam would take a 807 or above 6L6 tubes 2A3, the 300B, 45, 50, or all of the power triode any day.


5 Comments so far

  1. sonyack on April 25, 2009 10:36 pm

    They now have vacuum tube gizmos to dock your iPod – the digital signal gets routed through two to four tubes.

    The result is supposed to be richer and warmer out the speakers.

    I think that the old time vacuum tube analog stuff sounds more real, and has that richer, warmer, more spacious sound.

    However, the input for them was analog also. Modern digital inputs leave out information that the tubes cannot recover, especially the high-compression stuff like mp3. And there is also the question of the way cd’s and dvd’s are recorded – they pump them up in various ranges and ways. That plus compression leaves a lot to be desired.

    Processing this stuff through tubes does improve the sound, but in the end it is not the same.

  2. ROBERT P on April 27, 2009 1:46 pm

    Hi. A lot of music lovers prefer the sound of a good Valve Amplifier because of the warm silky sound some of them have. Listening Fatigue, a condition that occurs after listening to your equipment for some time affects the ear brain mechanism that the sound is starting to annoy(certain types of distortion) you,is less noticeable with some Tube Amps.Of course some enthusiasts recon that Solid State is more accurate with lower distortion than Valves therefore they(Solid State) must sound better,
    The same thing has happened with CD replacing LP records.A lot of people prefer the sound of vinyl to CD to which i agree .If you have the same recording on CD and vinyl the sound on vinyl will usually be better than CD as long as you have a very good playback system for your records

    Thanks for your question. We don’t get many comments about valves in this computer age !

  3. beasties70 on April 29, 2009 12:28 am

    For guitar amps, nothing sounds better than tubes as opposed to solid state.

    As far as hi-fi goes, I wouldn’t know. I looked into tube stereo amps not too long ago and was floored by the prices of them.

    I quickly lost interest and moved on.

  4. XenonAudio on April 29, 2009 2:02 pm

    Silky smooth, liquidy sound. However, solid state if better for pro-audio because of the greater dynamics, higher output, and better reliability.


  5. Nibbles on May 1, 2009 11:10 am

    Some of the world’s most respected audio equipment is still vacuum tubes!

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