This is a great topic because all of us have our different hearing experiences...I know my 66 year old ears are not the same as when I was building tube amps for personal use back in the 1960s from the RCA tube manual that I still have. I wound my own power transformers too! The one thing I do remember that is alluded to in some of these replies is the impedance matching is very important. The first battery radio sets had direct connection speakers - high voltage and low currents P=VI - the thin wire in the speaker coils was subject to burn out. When low ohm speakers came into vogue, that meant the tube outputs had to go into a step down transformer again P=VI. That transformer could had a lot of harmonics across the audio range hence a more "colorful" sound. I think the marriage of solid state to high current/low voltage speakers would be one made in heaven just as some tube amps are married to electrostatic speakers. But I think to drive ES speakers one needs high voltage and high current, something that tube designs have a hard time doing:rolleyes: With all that said, I prefer SS just as I prefer DM instead of vinyl...it's just cleaner across the audio range left in my old ears!
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5/19/13 at 4:48am