A Taste of Tubes

Posted by: Wuchak

A Taste of Tubes - 09/21/10 11:00 AM

Great eBook from Sonic Frontiers that covers tubes from end to end in a very entertaining way.

A Taste of Tubes http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oG7_QSyJhMyF...1/pdf/taste.pdf
Posted by: BlueJays1

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/21/10 01:40 PM

I like the look of tubes along with the taste. Listening to music in complete darkness with the glow emanating from a series of vacuum tubes is a very enjoyable and relaxing experience.
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/21/10 01:51 PM

Time to bring the marshmallows and hot dogs.
Posted by: grunt

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/21/10 01:55 PM

Originally Posted By: Dr.House
Listening to music in complete darkness with the glow emanating from a series of vacuum tubes is a very enjoyable and relaxing experience.


Especially when you’re . . . . wink
Posted by: CV

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/21/10 02:11 PM

Originally Posted By: grunt
Especially when you’re . . . .


Already relaxed?
Posted by: Lampshade

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/21/10 03:38 PM

Especially in the Wintertime. The tubes help warm the room up.
Posted by: bridgman

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/21/10 05:53 PM

Originally Posted By: grunt
Especially when you're . . . . wink

... playing Wii in your underwear ?
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/21/10 06:04 PM

It's the heat from the tubes....

It's gettin' hot in here (so hot)
So take off all your clothes.........
Posted by: BlueJays1

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/21/10 07:49 PM

This is tasty!


Posted by: fredk

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/21/10 08:31 PM

Originally Posted By: Lampshade
Especially in the Wintertime. The tubes help warm the room up.

I thought that's what women/spouses/SOs were for?
Posted by: fredk

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/21/10 08:33 PM

Originally Posted By: bridgman
Originally Posted By: grunt
Especially when you're . . . . wink

... playing Wii in your underwear ?


laugh With an avatar like that, this has to be the best strait man line I've seen in a while.
Posted by: bridgman

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/21/10 09:47 PM

Hey - 5000 !!
Posted by: davidsch

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/22/10 08:03 AM

Originally Posted By: Wuchak
Great eBook from Sonic Frontiers that covers tubes from end to end in a very entertaining way.

A Taste of Tubes http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oG7_QSyJhMyF...1/pdf/taste.pdf


Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: fredk

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/23/10 06:26 PM

Originally Posted By: bridgman
Hey - 5000 !!

I knew there was a good reason for this thread.
Posted by: solarrdadd

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/23/10 08:53 PM

i've got to pay attention more when reading the titles of these threads, I thought this said "a test tube" thinking what the hell is axiom into now, so i clicked on it then realized i read it wrong!

getting old!
Posted by: Nashvegas Rocks

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/23/10 11:25 PM

Dr. House,

what exactly is that a picture of? Even if it wasn't functional, i want it.
Posted by: Wuchak

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 11:52 AM

Originally Posted By: Dr.House
This is tasty!



OH MY!
Posted by: BlueJays1

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 12:14 PM

It is a PrimaLuna tube amplifier.
Posted by: HomeDad

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 12:25 PM

Not cheap.

http://www.upscaleaudio.com/ProLogue-Two-Integrated-Amplifier_p_592.html
Posted by: pmbuko

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 12:33 PM

Quote:
The tube sounds wonderful, with tremendous body and punch, while still giving you the warmth and humanity from an all-tube amplifier.

Man, I sure wish my solid state receiver had more warmth and humanity. frown
Posted by: jakewash

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 12:35 PM

I wish more people had more humanity
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 12:39 PM

I just hook humans up between my speakers and my amp. Works well, other than the screaming.
Posted by: BlueJays1

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 12:48 PM

Another beautiful shot of some vacuum tubes.


Posted by: jakewash

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 02:34 PM

Ok, these pics are making me want a tube amp for the bedroom system.
Posted by: BlueJays1

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 02:41 PM

You are starting to get a taste for tubes! grin I must admit, I want to get a turntable. smile
Posted by: jakewash

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 02:44 PM

I'm not sure I would step back to that much time required to maintain the records.
Posted by: BlueJays1

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 02:46 PM

Vacuum tubes require some tender loving care as well. smile
Posted by: BlueJays1

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 02:50 PM


Posted by: pmbuko

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 02:54 PM

My Audiobytes are my bedroom system. The amp produces a blue glow. smile Yeah, it's not as sexy as a tube glow, and I admit that I usually cover up the blue light with the a pair of boxers. I connect my iPhone to it and use an alarm clock app to wake up to music every morning. The light annoys me when I'm trying to sleep.
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 03:02 PM

How did my boss get on this forum?
Posted by: BlueJays1

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 03:38 PM

This would look beautiful next to the PrimaLuna.


Posted by: Wuchak

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 03:53 PM



Not cheap but very reasonable for a hand wired tube amp that doesn't need biasing and according to the reviews sounds amazing. If you wanted to get into tubes you could spend a lot more money and not get much more in sound quality. I think it might be priced at the point where diminishing returns begin to kick-in.
Posted by: BlueJays1

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 03:57 PM

Originally Posted By: Wuchak


Not cheap but very reasonable for a hand wired tube amp that doesn't need biasing and according to the reviews sounds amazing. If you wanted to get into tubes you could spend a lot more money and not get much more in sound quality. I think it might be priced at the point where diminishing returns begin to kick-in.


The "guts" and build quality are impressive. There definitely is some quality craftsmanship going on into that product.
Posted by: Lampshade

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/24/10 04:46 PM

There are a few tube amps to get going with if you only want to spend a little. Glow Amps is one. They are lots of fun. I have two amps. A Decware Zen Select and a Manley Stingray.
Posted by: 2x6spds

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/25/10 04:35 AM

Hi Wuchak. Kevin Scales at Upscale Audio is a good guy. I've heard nothing but good things about the Prima Lunas. I have an Antique Sound Labs MG S1 15DT 5 wpc KT-88, 12ax7 tube amp, which sounds great, but their customer service gets an "F" so I can't recommend their gear. Shame. The Stingray is a great sounding amp. Haven't heard the Decware.

Dr. House, that Yamaha is a thing of beauty. I'm going to keep an eye out for one of those. Thanks.

Lampshade, nice to post with you!
Posted by: BlueJays1

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 09/25/10 09:01 AM

The model is part of the Yamaha GT-2000 series - Gigantic and Tremendous. The one pictured might be the rarest of the series? They were only sold in Japan from what I understand. You might find them on places like ebay.
Posted by: davidsch

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 10/05/10 07:46 AM

Originally Posted By: jakewash
I'm not sure I would step back to that much time required to maintain the records.


I'm with you there. My brother-in-law wanted to give me his old Music Hall MM7 turntable (he bought a VPI Scout) but I declined because I did not want to go down the expensive path of replacing my 700 CDs with vinyl. Keeping the albums clean and scratch-free is a hassle, too.
Posted by: DreamTheater

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 10/24/10 11:54 AM

On a tangent, but in the guitar world tube amps are so much more coveted than solid state counterparts. Its funny, because we pay top bucks for the best "distortion". In home audio, we pay huge bucks for the least distortion. I always thought that was so ironic.
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: A Taste of Tubes - 10/24/10 12:06 PM

Not really. The guitar amp is used in generating the music, which means that what reproduces the sound of the guitar in that sense is part of the instrument. If you want to hear what the artist intended, you should have the least distortion on your playback equipment.