The magic of tubes to my ears that all the detail, frequency extension, speed and impact of music is preserved with less annoying hardness, shrillness, scratchiness, or ringing that mars inferior systems
that have not been muffled by over equalization to hide these things.
In short, I hear truth without pain. So with tubes, lots of times you can have your cake and eat it too.
This is possible more or less with solid state, but at much higher prices (like Pass or Dartzeel amps in the speaker world).
Fine tube sound can be fairly inexpensive.
(I have a B52 amp.)
It is quite interesting this echoes the core of my sentiments toward Tube Amps in general. I recently sold my big one, a highly ranked (by Skylab) ELEKIT TU-882AS Single Ended affair with dual triode tubes that sounded marvelous with the Western Electric WE396A tubes installed, thourougly musical. I needed to divert some assets for the time being and I'm not sure If I want to stay Single Ended, so... I'm Pondering... but am crutching on a Bravo Audio tube amp. There's nothing like tubes... I've had an iBasso D10 that I just moved to save up for a D12 to pair with my iRiver H140, and... no comparison there is Romance in the tubes and MOAR BASS.
Oh, and furthermore, most educational and intriguing thread on Head-Fi in over a year!!!
Edited by AnAnalogSpirit - 12/8/10 at 4:28pm