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  • vicweast commented on thobson's instructable Building A Stereo Tube Amp6 months ago
    Building A Stereo Tube Amp

    Well, by the certainty of your comment about transistors and tubes I am willing to bet a large sum that you have very little experience listening to and evaluating the actual sound that is reproduced by both transistors and tubes. Everyone I know who does an extensive A/B comparison test has agreed that tubes have the sonic advantage in every way over transistors. ...The only downsides are excess heat, failure rates and the "inconvenience" of having to wait for tubes to warm up before they reach their peak performance ...which is subjectively above solid state gear. And it's not like it's a free ride with transistors, if you want a solid state amplifier in the same realm as a tube one, the circuit is going to me orders of magnitude more complex and use much more material. Its ...see more »Well, by the certainty of your comment about transistors and tubes I am willing to bet a large sum that you have very little experience listening to and evaluating the actual sound that is reproduced by both transistors and tubes. Everyone I know who does an extensive A/B comparison test has agreed that tubes have the sonic advantage in every way over transistors. ...The only downsides are excess heat, failure rates and the "inconvenience" of having to wait for tubes to warm up before they reach their peak performance ...which is subjectively above solid state gear. And it's not like it's a free ride with transistors, if you want a solid state amplifier in the same realm as a tube one, the circuit is going to me orders of magnitude more complex and use much more material. Its a trade-off between power and complexity.Tubes are popular today because many of us who love to listen to music have rediscovered just how much better the listening experience is with tubes.

    The point is: The nature of the distortion is DIFFERENT. It is more NATURAL with TUBES and more HARSH with SOLID STATE. ...So much so that if you turn the volume UP to the point where it no longer sounds good because of the distortion, your solid state gear will likely DAMAGE your speakers due to the difference in the distortion. Note: That is NOT the case with tube distortion.You seem to have lost your soul reading specs, and not actually explored the real world. I consider that similar to claiming you are a great traveler and know the local customs when all you have done is carefully study many maps... That my friend is delusion.

    The point is: The nature of the distortion is DIFFERENT. It is more NATURAL with TUBES and more HARSH with SOLID STATE. ...So much so that if you turn the volume UP to the point where it no longer sounds good because of the distortion, your solid state gear will likely DAMAGE your speakers due to the difference in the distortion.You seem to have lost your soul reading specs, and not actually explored the real world. I consider that similar to claiming you are a great traveler and know the local customs when all you have done is carefully study many maps... That my friend is delusion.

    Well, by the certainty of your comment about transistors and tubes I am willing to bet a large sum that you have very little experience listening to and evaluating the actual sound that is reproduced by both transistors and tubes. Everyone I know who does an extensive A/B comparison test has agreed that tubes have the sonic advantage in every way over transistors. ...The only downsides are excess heat, failure rates and the "inconvenience" of having to wait for tubes to warm up before they reach their peak performance ...which is subjectively above solid state gear. And it's not like it's a free ride with transistors, if you want a solid state amplifier in the same realm as a tube one, the circuit is going to me orders of magnitude more complex and use much more material. Its ...see more »Well, by the certainty of your comment about transistors and tubes I am willing to bet a large sum that you have very little experience listening to and evaluating the actual sound that is reproduced by both transistors and tubes. Everyone I know who does an extensive A/B comparison test has agreed that tubes have the sonic advantage in every way over transistors. ...The only downsides are excess heat, failure rates and the "inconvenience" of having to wait for tubes to warm up before they reach their peak performance ...which is subjectively above solid state gear. And it's not like it's a free ride with transistors, if you want a solid state amplifier in the same realm as a tube one, the circuit is going to me orders of magnitude more complex and use much more material. Its a trade-off between power and complexity.Tubes are popular today because many of us who love to listen to music have rediscovered just how much better the listening experience is with tubes.

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