I am trying to get some serious responses with this post...tubes do have sonic advantages over solid state electronics. So, to all the audiophiles out there, would you buy this motherboard? I would like to listen to it if I ever get my hands on one of these units...
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I think this is the most asinine computer product to be released so far. Considering how adamant the "tubes sound better" crowd is in their opinions, how could any of them even think of using a computer as an audio device? Do they really think solid-state devices are OK as analog-to-digital and D/A converters, analog signal-selection devices and numerous other functions, yet these devices somehow can't do basic signal amplifying of those A/D/A-converted and -processed signals without screwing up the signals such that vacuum tubes will do a better job? This product truly boggles my mind... the first thing I had to check when I saw the announcement was "is it April first?"
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