It seems like tube buffers are really popular with the Virtue units. I am curious if they are really necessary? Before you answer, let me explain where this question comes from. I previously had an all tube integrated amp. I sold it to get a larger amp and ended up going with a hhybrid. It's just not the same to me. While searching, I have come across the Virtue units which people are raving about how musical they are. The price is nice too But, it seems that everyone is using the tube buffer with them, which increases the price a decent amount. I really want to try one of these, but don't want to stray from that tube sound and I am battling with myself as to go for it or stick with a true tube integrated. With that stated, is the tube buffer necessary or will a stock unit do me justice?
Its true that our T amps are very tube like and in my personal experience excel in ways my fully modified Golden Tube Audio SE-40 does not and visa versa.
I think with a nice detailed warm capacitor upgrade such as the Clarity MR or Dueland caps you could get away without using a buffer.
I'm running in some Clarity MR caps right now without a buffer and it sounds fantastic. If you do the buffer and caps I think you'll be amazed.
one of the great things about our amps is their upgradeability. You can do one thing at a time and switch things back and forth until you get what you like.
Hopefully more of our members will give you feedback.
You can email me anytime with questions