Are tube type amps really better than solid state type amps? Answered
A question below reminded me of this. My friend and neighbor plays a guitar and has been going on about how great his new Fender tube amp is and how much better it sounds than the solid state amp he previously used.
Truthfully, I've listened to him play on both (he's no Chet Atkins for sure) and I can't discern much, if any difference. I've done a little research and heard words like, "warmer," "more vibrant" and "louder" used to describe the difference. With the exception of louder, most of these descriptions are not actually measurable. Is there a way to definitively say tubes are better, or is it just a subjective quality that depends upon the ear of the listener?