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Should I try adding a small Tube Preamp to a DTA-100?
Should I try adding a small Tube Preamp to a DTA-100?
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Old 27th January 2012, 02:35 PM   #1
jmw0403 is offline jmw0403
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Default Should I try adding a small Tube Preamp to a DTA-100?

Hi all,

I am just getting into DIY Audio. Iíve built some Overnight Sensation MTMs that I am running off of a DTA-100. I've also always like the sound of Tube Amps when I have auditioned them at hi end stores. Having seen hybrid systems like Peachtree, I am wondering if adding a tube preamp would make any difference (for the $100) giving me sort of a poor manís tube effect. (Iím hoping for that lush airy sound).

I realize that there may be no way to short cut and if I want that sound I need to start thinking from the ground up.

Another though I've had is to maybe just invest in a better more powerful solid state amp. I have been looking at the Emotiva mini X a-100.

Any recommendation, alternatives much appreciated.

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Old 27th January 2012, 04:04 PM   #2
DF96 is offline DF96  England
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If you want "tube effects" your best bet is to buy a poorly designed tube buffer. This will add a little noise and distortion, which some people seem to like.

The alternative is to buy/make a decent valve amp, and just listen to the music.
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