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tube amplifier

An audio amplifier that uses vacuum tubes instead of transistors. Most aficionados of high-quality audio believe that vacuum tubes provide a more musical and more pleasing sound than transistor-based amplifiers. These are subjective opinions that often depend on the hearing ability of the listener. Many people cannot hear much difference between medium-quality and high-quality sound systems. Nevertheless, the most expensive amplifiers are tube based. See audiophile, stereophile, high-resolution audio and vacuum tube.


LAMM ML3 Tube Amplifier
Considered one of the finest manufacturers of audio equipment on the market, LAMM has been making amplifiers for more than two decades. Using gold-plated speaker terminals, a pair of ML3 amps cost USD $139,000 in 2014. (Image courtesy of LAMM Industries, Inc., www.lammindustries.com)







For the Do-It-Yourselfer
This do-it-yourself Gowegroup tube amplifier kit sold for USD $249, a tad more down to earth than the model above. (Image courtesy of Amazon.com.)
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Modjeski essentially tells his life's story--from his early childhood experiences with tube amplifiers, to his to running a hi-fi repair shop in Richmond, Virginia, to opening a high-end store, to working for Harold Beveridge, and to finally founding Music Reference in 1981.
There are plenty of excellent-sounding, reliable solid-state amplifiers on the market available for a few hundred dollars per channel; the audiophile who decides to build a tube amplifier is not coming out financially ahead (especially when you figure in the value of his or her labor), but certainly may feel a sense of pride and accomplishment that other audiophiles do not experience.
For example, traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs) typically are operated in saturation so the amplifier's power rating is the saturation power.
today announced the availability of new premium products incorporating vacuum tube amplifiers that offer rich, harmonious sound qualities.
First, most tube amplifier designs sound different from most solid state designs.
In recent years, significant advances have been made in solid-state technology that have resulted in solid-state power amplifiers (SSPA) becoming a truly viable alternative to the traveling-wave tube amplifier (TWTA) for microwave high power amplifier applications.
Samsung's Audio Dock with Vacuum Tube Amplifier - the world's first docking system that incorporates Samsung's proprietary hybrid vacuum tube amplifier technology and supports a broad range of Galaxy S and Apple devices via both docked and wireless connectivity (model DA-E750).
Sources describe DO-SAR ARMS as incorporating a traveling wave tube amplifier, a solid-state receiver, multilook processing, digital signal and frequency generation, a datalink subsystem and differential Global Positioning System motion compensation.
I just love it when I say to some tube freak, "you can have the same sound as your tube amplifier by buying a stereo 31-band EQ for $250 (and that's with balanced inputs, also) to go with your solid-state amp.
1 Channel Blu-ray 3D Home Theater System - the first home theater system that features Samsung's proprietary vacuum tube amplifier technology that combines both vacuum tubes and a digital amplifier into one unit to create a powerful entertainment experience (model HT-E6730W).
Although my general advice for most folks is to avoid tube designs, I have included a few tube amplifier recommendations below for those who simply must have tubes.
According to the company, the new products include: Audio Dock with Vacuum Tube Amplifier (model DA-E750) and Audio Dock for Galaxy S and Apple devices (DA-E670).