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Best Tube Amps?

post #1 of 9
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What are some of the best tube amps available? Of course since tubes are important, any combos you particularly like?

post #2 of 9

That's a pretty large question that depends on so many things.

Maybe a good start for you is Skylabs tube amp thread:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/402585/review-summary-a-ranking-of-31-tube-and-tube-hybrid-headphone-amps

 

Maybe give some more details what you're after exactly? And a budget might help :)

 

post #3 of 9

I'm partial to mine, the Manley Neo-Classic 300B preamplifier.

post #4 of 9
Woo audio wa6se.. Great tube amp that goes well with every headphone.

Can't say there is a "best" amp though
Look into the red wine audio isabellina. I hear it's as close to "best" as you can get
post #5 of 9
I am using the Schiit Valhalla with SH650s. They sound great together. I have put some golden lion 6922's in the Valhalla and they have taken the amp to a new level. The tubes cost almost a third of the amp price which could seem silly but they really sound that good, I feel it's worth it. The warmth, openness and 3d musical presentation gives the amp an emotional character that wasn't there before. That's my thoughts anyway. smily_headphones1.gif
post #6 of 9

For the money, The Valhalla can't be touched, If you run some closely matched tubes, it really excels!

post #7 of 9

Valhalla is a great amp and Shiit makes some great quality lower end products. By lower end i am referring to price range.

post #8 of 9

Woo audio makes some amazing quality tube amps, but I have only owned/tested the wa6 and was6se.

I wouldnt go as far as to say they are the best since there are a multitude of higher priced alternatives that seem to be highly regarded.

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by niten View Post

Woo audio makes some amazing quality tube amps, but I have only owned/tested the wa6 and was6se.

I wouldnt go as far as to say they are the best since there are a multitude of higher priced alternatives that seem to be highly regarded.

The wa6se is definitely one of the top 5 amps in its price range.  Woo audio is very versatile 

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