I've been upgrading my setup little by little, but I'm not confident about buying a tube amp. What's a good starter amp? Is there a certain amount that I should expect to spend, because paying is likely means problems down the road?
Either way, you might check into offerings from Audio Note and OddWatt Audio. Those are two brands I have experience with that are awesome, both in kit form and fully assembled. Other people may give you more suggestions too.
Rusty Messages: 698 Registered: May 2018 Location: Kansas City Missouri
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You might consider also if your speakers are compatible with using tube gear. Impedance and sensitivity can be a big factor. Tube amplifiers usually need higher impedance of at least 8 ohms. And some tube amps are low in power.
gofar99 Messages: 1669 Registered: May 2010 Location: Southern Arizona
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Hi, many tube amps have multiple output impedance connections. All my designs have at least 4 and 8 ohms and some 16 ohms as well. They often tend to have fewer watts for the dollar compared to solid state ones, but then loudness is logarithmic and not linear when related to power. Twice the power is no where near twice the loudness. I would suggest getting the speakers first then figuring out what amp to go for.