That is, Ralph’s statement on tube amps being on life support.
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@audioman58 As you can imagine we've auditioned quite a lot over the last 45 years and we've heard them make quite a difference. But that was in tube amps with little or no feedback; when you are able to run very high amounts of feedback the circuit is able to reject these very same effects; in essence they don't win you the same thing that the did if the amp were zero feedback. Even though I knew that, it was still eye opening to actually see/hear it first hand.
@mglik One does have to be careful about the Veblen Effect. As I mentioned earlier though, the reason tube power amps are on borrowed time has to do with how class D is spreading in the musical amplifier (guitar and bass) world. Since you know about a prototype amp we sent to Ron Carter, you have a better idea than most how that works. Guitar and bass amplifiers are the bread and butter of vacuum tube producers; so its not hard to imagine where this is going in the next 10 years.
What’s you opinion of them say take a 6SN7 vacuum tube and use as a hybrid ?
I see rogue doing this in a Less complex way. , I have been into modding Loudspeakers mostly myself ,but keep an open mind on the latest Class D modules
and how to take advantage of this ,servos,and Switching is getting better and GAN transistors , how to make a better wheel ?
but newer technologies are progressing think about how you too can make it better
remove $$ constraints what would you add. Look at T+A their 200 dac for example is excellent and beats the competition at less then 1/2 it’s cost.
switch mode power supplies can in fact be better then Linear power supplies ,
they have clearly proved that . That’s why I am waiting to hear the latest phase in
class D technologies. Moving forward, I will then make a purchase .
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