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Valve stereo amplifier VS normal amplifier

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Munster, Jan 19, 2003.

  1. Munster

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    Is valve amplifier better? Seem to have lower signal-to-noise value (example 80) compare to normal amplifier (Rotel ra-02 : 95)

    Does valve amplifier sounds better?

    Does valve amplifier have a low durability?
     
  2. mattheu

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    Valve vs solid state, books could be written and brobably are.
    As to you questions, yes they sound different.
    Also, valves do have a finite life. ( thats not saying the other has infinite life!)
    If building a system around valve amp, generally, higher efficiency speakers are used, due to the lower power O/P.
    Some hybrid valve/ solid state amps are available from the likes of Musical fidelity which have high power .
    People say that valves have a smoother sound, and belive it to do with, odd harmonics produced, rather than the even of trannies.
     

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