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post #16 of 24
Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
Also valve tube amplifier tend to cost more, don't last as long as solid state […]

 

Let me add that it’s not the amplifier but the tubes which don’t last forever. Tubes need to be replaced when their lifespan has ended, but never the amplifier itself.

 

Werner.


Edited by wberghofer - 3/6/12 at 12:06am
post #17 of 24
Still, it's a few thousand hours, not like you have to spend $100 a month on tubes. Some people still do, but you don't have to. smily_headphones1.gif
post #18 of 24

I love tube amps and/but the biggest strength and greatest weakness is that they work best with an output transformer. An output transformers biggest weakness is low end roll off      ??  still tube amps are the one with the best low end sound "?   and only the very best transformers do this correctly. If price is no big deal then tubes every minute of the hour. Just pick one with killer iron.??  the alo pan am 'a good tube amp  but without the killer iron and big deal price ""?

post #19 of 24

My priorities are speed, detail, clarity and bass depth and control. Therefore its SS all the way for me.

 

But personal preference is the key, both SS and tube have their strengths and weaknesses. 

post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by drtturnip View Post
 

Just pick one with killer iron.

:beerchug:

post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post
 

:beerchug:

 

Killer iron normally costs killer money. At that same price SS would still likely be better given my priorities.  :wink:

post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post
 

 

Killer iron normally costs killer money. At that same price SS would still likely be better given my priorities.  :wink:

A good tube amp (not tube hybrid) that can drive Grados to Sennheisers start at $700 for a WA-6.

You can build a better Spud like this for much less, but you need skills...

post #23 of 24

I had the Woo6SE some time ago and this is a much better amp than the Woo6 and although pretty good in the areas I value was not any better than the Audio-gd Roc which was $300 cheaper, not including $400 tube upgrades.

 

Even with the tube upgrades my 6se still could not compete with my Master-6 and ended up being sold. Still have fond memories of it though.

 

Please note that I never said tube amps can't do speed, clarity, detail, bass depth or control very well, just not as well as an equally designed and priced SS amp.

post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post
 

Please note that I never said tube amps can't do speed, clarity, detail, bass depth or control very well, just not as well as an equally designed and priced SS amp.

I'm not disagreeing at all!

It is less expensive to execute a good SS design for sure. 

But imagine what the price would be if Jack made the Master - 6!

SS is also more consistent and reliable (not depending on the state of one's tubes) 

I guess i just get bored of my SS amps, unless they have power meters!

:beerchug: 

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