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rdabra's picture
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(Tube) Digital preamplifier and (Digital) Tube amplifier


What combination would result on best audio quality: a tube preamplifier followed by a digital amplifier or a digital preamplifier followed by a tube amplifier?

Thanks in advance.

Catch22's picture
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There are a lot of variables

There are a lot of variables to answering that question. If you like the tube sound, generally, the amp will likely have the most tubular signature. But, like I said, there are a lot of other things to consider that could turn out to be quite the opposite.

bierfeldt's picture
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I agree with Catch22. Individual components need to be judged on their own merits. For instance, an amp from Pass labs will sound very tube-like despite being solid state. Also, when you say "digital" do you mean a class D amplifier explicitly and the digital preamp stage of a DAC? There is blurring. For instance, the Rogue Hydra is a Class D digital amp with a tube based input state.

What equipment/brands are you thinking of?

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