Why is solid state more popular when tubes are better?

Yes tubes are more involved and require periodic maintenance. Hybrid tube components need not apply, these are really solid state.

Tubes are better for multiple reasons and yet the world and the trade prefers solid state. Those rare audio shops that are geared toward stereo listening and serious connoisseurs tend to Focus more on tubes.  Those in business who like to improve volumes tend to offer solid state.  All the YouTube channels looking to improve their business tend to be solid state.  Maybe because tubes require much more expertise to sell, and there's lesser and lesser to go around. Solid state is more of a fast food commodity.

Tubes are difficult for businesses due to all the maintenance and complexity so you see it less often. Much much easier to sell hybrids or solid state.




@inna I think you're looking at this the wrong way.

Tubes sound the way they do because of the distortion they make. If you can make something else to make distortion of the same kind it will sound the same for that reason.

There are lots of things out there you can loosely call 'transistors'. Some are meant for linear operation and some are meant for switching. No-one these days would take germanium transistors seriously except for repairing some old thing. These days GANFETs have lots of buzz around them. Amps that use them have garnered a lot of praise. But in ten years or so there will likely be something else that is better. Maybe someday people will laugh when GANFETs are mentioned. All that you really need to do when looking into this sort of thing is seeing if the manufacturer made some effort to sidestep obsolescence. If class D, is the module easily replaced? If yes, it might not matter if GANFETs are obsolete. 

Tubes are fun to play with because they are so simple. But from a designer's point of view, they come with lots of limitations. Right now is an interesting time in audio history; class D has taken over everything but high end audio. Its making inroads there too but its taken about 50 years to be taken seriously. IME once you get an amp to play and sound like real music, you stop caring about whether it glows in the dark.



Anyway, for our generation of audiophiles there will still be enough tube amps and tubes, if that's what we want. As for the next generations, that may be very different. Probably the same with tape and vinyl.


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Well, some will say that transistors are not worse, they simply sound different. But I think most audiophiles, especially those with almost unlimited budget, do prefer tube equipment. 

Really? Please show your work.

I would love to hear these new gan amps against a proper tube setup. Not saying one would be better just curious. 

I will say my new to me Lyngdorf 3400 I would put up against anything in my room. Just for the fact of the outstanding room correction and sub and speaker time alignment. Things like this IMO make a much bigger difference than the small ones in amplification. It’s measurable to some extent as well. Says I got a 15% correction. It sounds much better than without. The way I’m seeing it is the sound improved 15%! Lol. 

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