From where I sit, the industry trend for amps seems to be the inclusion of DAC circuitry, including USB connectivity, both for home & portable.
Tube amps seem to get a lot of press & postings, no doubt due to their chameleon-like nature, as well as the classic "image" associated with such gear. But I doubt they actually represent the majority of the market.
I have noticed the same thing.
Its probably lots of reason for this, including these:
* Reasonable priced chinese amplifiers.
* A change of mind among Head-Fi'ers. Some switching to tubes, write positive reviews, and others follow.
I got into the hobby a year ago and I never received one recommendation for a SS amp. I went to my first meet on Saturday and heard a Millet Max and it was my first SS headphone amp experience. While I did like the sound of the Millet, I love the warmth of tubes.
From reading this thread, if I had joined a few years earlier, I might have totally SS bias. That being said, my friends and family are totally enamored with my humble little Darkvoice 336i. Wait until they see the MPX3!
Originally Posted by krmathis /img/forum/go_quote.gif * Reasonable priced chinese amplifiers.
That may be a main reason.
We cannot deny that Chinese (or Asia in general) audio stuffs are more and more popular on HF. The only forum I don't notice Chinese stuffs is fullsize headphone. Meanwhile the portable headphone was once full of reviews of yuin products. The same situation with LD,Darkvoice,Zero in full size headamp and iBasso in portable amp. Even the delicated source forum has many infos about Chinese DACs.
Originally Posted by Gatto /img/forum/go_quote.gif I'm buying my first home amp (little dot I+) and I decided on that instead of a SS because of the price (and it glows