Hi there, I believe this is my first post ever on headfi. I have a 2.1 setup which I'm content with, but I've been tempted to impart "tube" sound onto it. I fully realize that generally amps are transparent and any audible differences between them are done by the designer as seen by the workings of Bob Carver and that many ABX tests between tubes and solid states have shown many instances of no audible differences between them.
My question is do tube buffers have any capability of actually imparting "tube sound"? I've read that many tube buffers are simple cathode followers which "fatten" the sound, giving the warm sound tubes are known for. Though how true this is, I have no idea. That's why I'm posting here, has anyone ever had any experience with these kind of devices or any knowledge of them? Has a tube buffer ever been in a ABX?
While I'm extremely skeptical of tube gear, many tube buffers are sold for 100-200 dollars which is a amount I'd be willing to gamble for the promise of "tube sound"
Edited by RoughSleeper - 2/20/13 at 6:39pm