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tube amps for theater

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by glenlyon8266, Oct 16, 2002.

  1. glenlyon8266

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    I've always liked the sound of a good 2-channel tube setup for audio but can't afford the $ or space for 2 systems. I was wondering if anyone out there had experimented with using tube amps for an HT setup instead of the usual solid state. I'd be interested in knowing your experiences.

    Paul
     
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    I use a tube pre amp through which my front channels flow...... its hard to make a specific comment though. I dont think the sound that gets to the tube from the av set up is of a high enough quality for the tube to really make much of an impact. But i definitely dont have any problems using them!

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    Movies can put pretty extreme demands on power delivery from an amplifier if the loudspeakers used are not super-sensitive. Tube-amps are not the best choice if action movies are on your favourites list and loudspeaker sensitivity is low (< 90 dB).
     
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    It depends what tube amps.
    Be carefull here, especially if no sub in the setup etc.
    You can always buy McIntosh solid state amps, they sound very tube-like anyway
     
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    You CAN of course use 200 W tube amps, but 5 of them will heat your home up to tropical levels and your electrical bill sky-high. They are just not that practical for HT use, let alone very expensive when high power is needed.
     
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    I have made some great tube amp AV set up including an all Class A SE one! It can work very well. An amp is an amp.
     
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    Don't forget Copland now make a five channel analogue pre-amp and matching (SS) power amp. As long as you don't mind using onboard decoding you gain a certain warmth and smoothness from the pre-amp stage, but without sacrificing dynamics and electricity cost in the power amp stage. I believe the pair retail for around £3500.
     
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    An amp is an amp?! You cannot drive any speaker with any amp. A careful match will reap great benefits my friend.
     
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    I dont think beekeeper meant that! :D

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    Hifi Choice have reviewed it this month. I want one :)
     
  11. Nic Rhodes

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    I will have to remember that and stop designing the things.;)
     
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    I am sorry, I didn't mean it like it sounded. I do think you know what you are talking about. It's just that matching amplifier to speakers is more important than lots of people think. In most cases, large differences between power amps are due to the fact that some simply cannot power your speakers sufficiently and will sound bad, whilst these amps will sound brilliant with more efficient loudspeakers.
     
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    No need to apologise, actually thought it quite funny, cheered my day up no end
     
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    I nearly choked on my honey :rolleyes:
     

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