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PostPosted: 02 Dec 2019, 19:04 
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I'm sure this has been inquired about before, but these things get updated often....so......

What is the best tube amp I could use with my 16 ohm, older style speakers. They don't need much power. I've tried headphone amps with these speakers and at the levels I listen at, they were just fine. By 'BEST', I mean what is out there under $300.00. I also need a USB input.

There are so many out there, but also so many companies I don't even know about. Just thought I'd take a chance and ask, in case someone has the perfect suggestion.


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Sound22Card wrote:
What is the best tube amp I could use with my 16 ohm, older style speakers.
A little clarification is probably in order.

You say "best tube amp" so I assume you mean a kit or finished amp. Under $300 is going to be a challenge for a new amp. You could easily build one for that but getting quality in an assembled unit, at that price point, may be difficult. Can you elaborate a little?

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PostPosted: 05 Dec 2019, 23:32 
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Sound22Card wrote:
I also need a USB input.


That sounds like you need one with a built in DAC. At $300 the only thing I've seen with any sort of DAC built in are 'hybrid' tube amps were the tubes do very little, and sometimes nothing, in the circuit.

I'd keep the DAC separate and get something like a Topping D10 or JDS Labs OL Dac or Schiit Modi for the 'USB input'

Even without a DAC built-in the $300 price is pretty limiting for a plug and play product and will likely end up with a product that perpetuates the 'tubes sound overly warm and fuzzy' reputation that tubes unfortunately have.


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