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Painterspal

An outstanding tube amplifier that conveys music with wonderful finesse and refinement

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Pros: Effortlessly natural sound. Works beautifully with the Sennheiser HD800

Cons: Nothing of note

UK Headfi enthusiasts who want to add a bit of tube goodness to the amplification must look across the pond to their American friends with more than a little envy. While a number of specialist makers cater for the US market, options in the UK and even Europe are rather more limited. The surge in models from China provide an alternative to the US, but once you factor in the cost of shipping, the inevitable import duty/tax, and the question of what to do if there’s a problem, the attractions of a home-grown product become obvious.   Until recently I’d always favoured the fit-and-forget simplicity of solid state amplifiers, but reviews of tube-based amps always seemed to describe...
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