So it was with great relief that I decided to take the tube plunge last year, as if I could never really be a member of the Vinyl Anachronist Marching Bugle Corps until I did so. The sound quality was remarkable, everything I'd hoped for.
And when that Scott amplifier arrived after many months of meticulous restoration, I felt whole, complete. Tubed amplification seemed to eliminate a lot of the digital glare and harshness I've grown to dislike and publicly criticize.
An All-In-One High End System: Amp, Pre-Amp, FM, Phono Stage Several years ago, Pierre and a friend whos a vintage tube specialist discovered the magic of 60s small-tube Scott amps.
I’ll share a “real world” assessment of a modern solid-state amp vs. Here’s a pic of my TV room system: The amp on the 3rd shelf (right) is an NAD C375BEE.
I bought it 5 years ago for 9 shipping - excellent condition, already electronically restored.
And ever since he said that to me, I've noticed that most of the people I know who are into vinyl also have tubed amplification.
In fact, it had gotten to the point where I was the lone solid-state holdout among all my vinyl-loving audiophile friends. Since my Koetsu cartridge was still in Japan getting retipped when the 299B first arrived, all of my listening was on CD (and my XM Skyfi tuner).