Vacuum tube input for integrated amp

June 25, 2022
 by Paul McGowan

6 comments on “Vacuum tube input for integrated amp”

  1. This may sound crazy to a lot of people on here, but I’ve done this before.
    And, I’m about to do it again.
    But the catch22, is my integrated amp, would have to be, an all tube amp.
    But before I get to that point, let me tell you all what’s wrong with a lot of today’s high end integrated amps.
    Most of today’s integrated amps, don’t even include a preamp stage.
    And also, this is true about a lot of integrated amps that are made by some high end companies, that clames they’re all tube.
    The truth is, they’re not.
    They will put a solidstate buffer right in the front of the power amps, and put things like a volume balance and source controls on the front of the amp.
    But, to the buyer of such products, they don’t know that, until they open the bottom of the integrated amps up and take a very close look at how they’re wired up.
    But a true integrated all tube amp, has both a power stage, and a preamp stage.
    And both stages, all have tubes in them.
    But the sad thing is, there aren’t that many companies making them that way.
    But I do know a fellow that makes integrated tube amps.
    And he also makes preamps.
    But he doesn’t use transistors and or printed cirket boards either.
    He uses nothing but tubes.
    And the thing that I like that he does, is point to point hand wiring.
    And also, unlike all the other integrated amps that are on the market today that don’t have preamp stages, his does.
    This is why I would happily buy an integrated amp and a preamp from him.
    And I would put the preamp in to the integrated amp in a heartbeat!
    Because, to my ears, the more tubes, the better it will sound to me!

    1. My Creek integrated sends the signal from the source directly to the volume control, no preamplifier. I do have separates that I’m not using. I might decide to go with separates at some point. Not that I don’t like the Creek but changes are what audiophiles do. If I were drinking a fine wine I wouldn’t want to drink the same one all the time. Change is fun too.

  2. Living now in the era of near perfect digital audio I don’t understand why today there are no more digital integrated amps featuring integrated DSP with only digital inputs realizing the purest digital path. The concept realized in my 20 year old integrated amp (TacT Millenium MK3) should sound even better with todays audio components. And the most beneficial side effect: no worry about additional exotic power cables and analog cables for DACs and preamps. However this concept – as the concept of the laser turntable – minimizes the potential turnover which can be made when offering a complete audio chain. And for vinyl lover: there are near perfect ADCs today!

  3. FR’s comment was just deleted. And he says he’s in my head? I put him in his place and now he cannot get me out of HIS head he’s so obsessed with it. I can take all of the pathetic punches from you. At least the rest of the board members dont have to worry about you now. Move on FR. You’re making a fool out of yourself. Buffoon.

  4. I believe the main reason tube amps sound like they do is if they are overdriven they don’t hard clip in the manner most s/state designs do, giving a very hard edge to the sound.
    I also believe most tube amp lovers may prefer the sound produced by soft clipping – most electric guitar players preferring tube amps for this reason

  5. What if you aren’t pushing it into clipping, I would say it’s because tubes are more linear than transistors. Tubes can be implemented without feedback, try that with transistors.

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