Tube or solid state


Do you prefer a tube preamp into a solid state amp or a solid state amp into a tube amp,which is your choice for best sound?

fixto

If it sounds closer to the real thing than transistor amps then it doesn't matter what wave you measure.

@invalid 

If it sounds closer to the real thing than transistor amps then it doesn't matter what wave you measure.

+1,

Often the simplest answer provides the most truth and clarity. 
Charles 

Tube preamp,.., SS stereo amp or monoblocks. 
 

havng that little bit of warmth from the preamp, is just,enough.

when I was younger, mid 80’s, my Father sold his old reel to reel, amplifiers, I do remember playing sin after sin, hell awaits, UFO, etc, ther was a relaxing sound through tubes, it just felt, enveloping, it sounded just right,…like baby bears porridge. Our old dogs (rip) would get up and leave the room during cd play, and stay asleep playing,records on stereo.

 

personally, I’m ecstatic with my solid state gear,  nothing to mess with, no tubes popping, taking. Out a midrange, plus, you can if your home, leave them on 365.

 

maybe it will change, maybe I will get an AVA, or CJ, preamp in the future, they do have a nice sound. With my music, I’m better with SS . Metal, and usually loud.

 

Order from a mail order place, that way, if you don’t like SS or tubed pre, ship back.

Happy hunting. 
 

 

ps, Technics SL-1200G.  Money very thoughtfully, wisely spent.

no belts, won’t break, it’s a 40+ year investment.

i have 3,…2 from mid late 80’s, and one from late 90’s

nothing has ever gone wrong, start, stop, sounds great, the most reliable TT ever built. 

@invalid Wrote:

If it sounds closer to the real thing than transistor amps then it doesn’t matter what wave you measure.

I agree, +2

Mike

personally, I’m ecstatic with my solid state gear,  nothing to mess with, no tubes popping, taking. Out a midrange, plus, you can if your home, leave them on 365.

Terrific!!

Key to long term satisfaction is choosing what sounds best to “you”. Just please yourself. Exactly why such a huge variety of audio products exist in high end audio.

Charles