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IME, tube amps do better with speakers that are relatively efficient and have a smooth impedance preferably 8 ohms or higher. Tube preamps are maybe a better place to start for a newb because they give you that tube flavor without having to worry about speaker matching.
I am embarrassed to ask. Just stating the questions reveals my ignorance. My life experience is 100% solid state. That said, Here I go:Tube amps vs. Tube Pre-amp: What are the difference one might experience with each? I understand, conceptually, the benefits of Tubes in the Amp, but is a similar impact imparted by the Pre-amp? If one has tubes in the amp, are they beneficial in the pre-amp? Does one want/ need tubes in both? Are tubes more or less significant in the Pre-amp vs. the amp? Are the affects enhanced by having tubes in both? Is it more important to have them in one of the other? Do speakers "match" with tube reproduction in some manner? Are some Speakers better at capturing the tube experience?These are a good start to my education, however, can one really understand these differences without listening to them oneself? I appreciate the input. Scott
One may make accurate generalizations; however, remain cognizant they're generalizations. The devils in the details or, if you prefer, theory and reality do not always map 1:1.
On a cost basis, I believe it's fair to say one gets more tube magic(tm) with a tube pre-amp & SS amp than visa-versa. As always YMMV.”
What do you think of a tube phono stage feeding a tube preamp (which then feeds a ss power amp)?
Do two consecutive tube stages constitute too much of a good thing?
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