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jomodv
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Adding a tube preamp before or after receiver to give tube sound?

I'm a newb when it comes to vintage stereos and amplification, so be gentle. haha!

Anyway, I was wondering if it would be possible to add a tube circuit/preamp/etc before or after my newer Kenwood receiver in order to give a "tube" sound. I realize of course this wouldn't be the same as just finding myself a vintage tube receiver, but anything would be better than the sound I get now.

The possibility popped into my head just because I'm on a budget and was trying to figure out how to get better sound without paying too much.

Thanks!

jackfish
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Grant Fidelity makes a tube buffer that could be

put into the tape loop if the receiver has one. http://shop.grantfidelity.com/B-283-Tube-Processor.html

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Tube sound

Why would you want tube sound? Is your system sterile sounding?

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Sterile? You could say that.

Sterile? You could say that. It's a Kenwood VR-505 Surround Sound Receiver. I'm just using it for stereo sound at the moment. It was gifted to me.

So I guess my question now would be would it be better to add the tube processor or look around for a 70's reciever for around the same price? The Kenwood does have digital inputs for use with a DVD player, etc. So picking between the two is a tough decision for me. If I keep the Kenwood I'll also have to get a preamp for the phono.

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