On 4/18/2015 3:09 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Without entering the cultish tube vs. transistor battles of
> audiophile-land, in my experience just abo
t any audio job can be done
> well using either amplification device.
Indeed. I designed several tubed circuits (phono and mic preamps mostly)
before I got tired of 300V shocks, and switched to ICs.
I've become completely agnostic about different technologies -- in my
experience, good audio can come from tubes, discrete transistor circuits
or ICs, the latter being made from bipolar transistors or field-effect
All these technologies have strengths and weaknesses which the designer
has to consider. For example, bipolar transistors have a current noise
component that tubes and FETs don't have, meaning that the right tube
stage, paired with a higher-inductance moving magnet cartridge (like a
Stanton) can be quieter than a solid-state stage. And so on.
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