Tube DAC or Tube Amp

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by playittwice, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. vonclod

    vonclod Super Member

    I think, as others have may get the best results from a speaker change.


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  2. fredgarvin

    fredgarvin AK Subscriber Subscriber

    A tube amp will give you a better tube presentation than a tube pre or buffer in front of an SS amp. Shelve the vintage SS amp and get a tube amp, or an integrated as others have noted. It will bring the best out of those awesome Klipsch speakers. :thumbsup:
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  3. sKiZo

    sKiZo Hates received: 8642 Subscriber

    Tube amp or tube DAC? Why not both?


    Put a Latino ST120 on the front channels here, and use a Maverick TubeMagic D1+ DAC as a tube buffer. This allows me a lot more versatility when it comes to tube combinations. Current tube set in the amp would be too "dark" for my tastes, but using a brighter tube in the DAC puts me right in the sweet spot.

    PS - the Eico tuber below the DAC drives a center channel ...
  4. matteos

    matteos Stereotype

    I've found a tube amp will give you the biggest tube flavor, over a pre-amp or DAC. That's where I'd spend my money if I was forced to choose.
  5. playittwice

    playittwice AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Dubuque Iowa
    So at this point I have come to the conclusion my next purchase will be a tube amp. Now i need to do some research to decide what to go with.
    If I go with a tube amp do i need to go with a tube pre-amp? Maybe a Fisher receiver would be a good choice. Seems like Ill need some luck with that search!

    Thanks for the help.
  6. sKiZo

    sKiZo Hates received: 8642 Subscriber

    I drive my tube amp with a Sansui receiver ... sounds choice!

    PS - Best option is a receiver that has a pre-out. My receiver doesn't have one, so I just have the amp chained into a tape loop along with my other post processors. I'm able to do that using a "Y" connection at the amp that allows me to close the loop back to the receiver - this also allows you to still use the internal amps maybe in another room.

    Which brings me to a fine choice in amps if you're handy with the basics and can follow directions. The Latino ST120 kit amp is good for 60+ watts per channel and will set you back around $1500 ready to rock. It's a Dynaco clone built like a tank with some major improvements that gets rave reviews - including mine. Mine is a custom build with a few more bells and whistles and a custom case, but the basic out of the box amp will outperform a lot of much more expensive options.
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