I many ways you are right Rethep, however, wearing my Foundation Audio hat . . . I worked for almost 10 years with all sorts of speakers and with various manufacturers, specialising in stand mounted designs.Rethep said:Depending on your musical taste, (even cheap) valve-amps give you qualities an (even expensive, whatever class) ss-amp can only dream of! Only the bass is a different story. Even cheap ss-amps give you stronger bass than expensive valve-amps. So, if your main interest is loud and/or rythmic popmusic, look elsewhere. Otherwise, depending on the importance of your energy-bill, a valve-amp will be the best choice imo.plastic penguin said:Can't really ever seeing myself buying a valve or a Class A amp... just not practical: They tend to use more electricity than the average SS amp, proned to overheating (my amp is used between 4-6 hours most days), and I think those reasons are more of a compromise than my one or two current issues.
Cheap valve amps can be a bit thick at the bottom end, however, support the speaker right and you will be surprised just how capable both speaker and amp are. Move on to 'proper' valve designs which dont have to cost a kings ransom, taking the same speaker/stand technology and there is as much capability as SS . . . The problem here is perceived volume??? Does one want loud, distorted and clipped, or, is it musical power one prefers? Just to put a spanner in the works, the hybrid 'valve/mosfet' rout offers the best of both worlds . . .
Foundation designs and fillings were unique, copied but never equalled . . . as far as I can see even now, modern stands/filling generally fall short? By cleaning up the base, allowing the base driver to dig deep, opening a clear window in to the mid and high frequencies, putting reality in to the soundstage in the process, all done with valve amps.
Sadly a by-gone era . . . a personal and biosed view some would say . . . I have re created it and listen to the musicality of a modest hybrid valve system today?