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Thread: Tube Amp recommendation

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    Tube Amp recommendation

    Hey guys,
    In an earlier post I had a hand check pic with a tube amp at the back. A few guys stated that they were looking for one.

    Well here's a recommendation for those wanting it one for desktop/bookshelf speakers

    The MiniWatt N3
    I picked up one of these for the bedroom paired with a set of B&W bookshelves with sound delivered via an iPad chock full of Apple lossless.

    Compared to the one I had in pic it's day and night. I know 3.5w sounds puny but with good speakers and decent music it's more than enough. Besides rather than clipping a tube at its max gives distortion in a wonderful way.

    I've must of listen to Forty Licks cover to cover about 5 times today =D



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    Nice to see some Audiophile gear on the forums mate! Seriously considering these for the set of bookshelf speakers I'm building
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    +1 for the audiophiles! I love my Paradigm setup.

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    mcyl - great to see u posting this

    below is mine = 12 watts a side - chinese built - i ran it into the ground over a 5 or 6 year period with music on in the office 12 hours a day - its picture here with aussie made phillips miniwatts - however since then i upgraded to russian military tubes with great results

    it's out of action at the moment tho - i think it blew a cap and i have to take it in for a service

    as for speakers i am surprised you are using b&W speakers - in my experience they are not really suited to low powered tubes as they are ususally low spl rating - a set i have are 86db per watt and the little tube amp struggles to drive them - i get much better results with some vintage horn loaded sansui speakers i have which are rated at 100db per watt

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    Here's mine, Aussie made and hammered for years

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    +1 Not only do they sound good - but nothing beats the smell of a valve amp hard at work!

    I have to use cans to get my fix now but one day I’m going to come away from a garage sale with a dusty late 60s Leak or Quad...

    If you are on a budget - you can get good audio bang for buck by upgrading the caps and power supply before shelling out for those Cold War era tubes.

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    I have one of these with a set of nice Kef 2 way speakers. In my last place it was my kitchen/dining disco set up. It made me happy. New place has a big open living area so it doesn't get as much use.

    (note: FATMAN!)
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    I have a vape shop named after me , a mod, an atty and now a bloody amp.... and STILL no spondoolies for the FM ... its wrong I tells ye ... WRONG!

    On the sound side of things , in the back room as a project I have a Hammond Organ ( no not a B3 lol) with an inbuilt Leslie speaker and tube amp , to be gutted one day for the next project ... I do listen to most of my music on a 1965 Kreisler gramophone
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    Tube Amp recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by avtek View Post
    mcyl - great to see u posting this

    below is mine = 12 watts a side - chinese built - i ran it into the ground over a 5 or 6 year period with music on in the office 12 hours a day - its picture here with aussie made phillips miniwatts - however since then i upgraded to russian military tubes with great results

    it's out of action at the moment tho - i think it blew a cap and i have to take it in for a service

    as for speakers i am surprised you are using b&W speakers - in my experience they are not really suited to low powered tubes as they are ususally low spl rating - a set i have are 86db per watt and the little tube amp struggles to drive them - i get much better results with some vintage horn loaded sansui speakers i have which are rated at 100db per watt

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    They certainly ain't, the 685s are small but they can take a lot of juice. I've had them for years now paired with something much older, a pair of 50w single channels I built from jay car kits back in '98 :-)

    But like with vaping gear I don't own a whole lot of audio gear and will have to keep an eye out on a set of speakers....actually I have one in mind but dunno how well it'll go.



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