What are you running now and what have you auditioned? What do you love about your tube amps? What’s the crappiest amp or tubes you’ve heard?
I’m a tube noob and I’m always lurking forums and seeking knowledge and anecdotes, Learning about the science and tech of tubes while also taking into account listener’s tastes and first-hand experience.
I also produce music, but I’m looking to flavor my listening experience in a meaningful way. I literally listen to everything- country music, ambient, classical, folk, EDM, experimental, mo-town, funk, classic rock, big band/swing, etc. I’m seriously open-minded about music. I listen to polka and Celtic too.
I’m an expat in Japan and have access to some great equipment, but those import and customs fees can be killer sometimes.
I’m looking at the Schiit Vali 2 and xDuoo TA-02 and a handmade JBH Chi-fi amp. I also found a Triode Ruby. It’ll be my first tube. I hear OTL don’t play nice with planars, but I’d like to hear your personal opinions and impressions. Hybrid or single end triode tube amp for planar mag?
DAC: Topping D30
amp: MD O2
planar cans: HE4XX and Oppo-Pm3
dynamic cans: HD58X