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tony3d
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New To Tubes

Hi, I have always been a solid state guy, but also fascinated by the glow of tubes. I have been curious enough that I finally broke down and ordered a cheap Val E10 headphone amp to go with a new AKG K701 headphone I just ordered. Never heard either just flying by the seat of my pants. I have no idea what to expect from tubes. I just hope the sound is not masked by noise, especially hum or buzz. I keep hearing how sweet tubes sound, well I'm about to find out. Like I said I'm basically a solid state guy, and would never think of using a tube amp to power my speakers, but thought the new headphones might be fun driven by tubes. I should have both in another six days. I'm not expecting much from the amp (it was only $270.00 shipped), but the phones I think will blow me away. I currently own Etymotic ER-4's. Any input on tubes would be great. Thanks.

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Re: New To Tubes

The way something sounds will depend on how it is employed in a circuit, so, it's hard to say what a tube or solid state device will sound like without context.

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Re: New To Tubes

There should be no noise, especially no buzz or hum. If there is, send it back.

As Jeff states, it depends on the circuit design. Some tube amps and some SS amps sound great - others of each type are dreadful.

Tubes are pretty however and a delight to play with.

I hope you enjoy your amp a great deal. Let us know.

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Re: New To Tubes

I should have the amp and AKG 701's next week. I'll let you know what I think.

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