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Old 13th January 2019, 07:23 PM   #1
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Default New Here and think I want to hear Valve Sound

At 67 yr old never having tube/valve amp ad thinking I would like to hear one. I have tinnitus so I can not play at very loud db but I still hear using my Marantz 8002 with my 28 yr old Mirage M-5 speakers nice separation . But always heard that Valve amps produce more musical sounds.

So I see reviews and on my you can scratch your head all day..

So do not want to spend lots of money 2k to many 3k . But saw used Cayin 734a and wondered what quality it would be?? See new Decware models and Line magnetic .

Saw review of 519ia and sounded like not a summer Valve Amp. But saw a 516 and 508 models .. But for a newbie and just want to hear a little more than my Marantz to see if my ears can pick out more separation ..thank you Joe
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Old 13th January 2019, 08:14 PM   #2
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New Here and think I want to hear Valve Sound
Valve Sound? What do you mean by that?

The term can be interchangably used to describe a tubed device that is made to be as accuarte as possible OR to indicate a device that has a “vintage” sound. The latter i consider bad (ancillary parts available today are much better and there is no need for the often sloppy sound of vintage gear), the former represents some of the best kit there is.

Execution is always key.

Having experience with Decware, unless you can score one of the old SE EL84 amps, stay away. And even in SE EL84 amps one can fairly easily build an amp that smokes the Decware. I have no experience with the others you mention.

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Old 13th January 2019, 08:16 PM   #3
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Looking for my first Tube Amp for stereo playing
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Old 13th January 2019, 08:16 PM   #4
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You could build a valve pre amp or buffer to see if you like the sound
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Old 13th January 2019, 08:18 PM   #5
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Looking for guidance on purchasing ..I saw a used Cayin 734a locally and wondered how good it would be for starting out or should I by a new one from vendors. And one you would recommend that has approx 15 to 24 watts per channel

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Old 13th January 2019, 08:35 PM   #6
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I have several designs that would fit the bill, but I think shipping from Canada to the USA will be EXPENSIVE!

If you're into kits or can sling a soldering iron, you can make an excellent amp for around 500$.
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Old 13th January 2019, 08:56 PM   #7
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Perhaps Wavebourne has something appropriate.
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Old 13th January 2019, 09:24 PM   #8
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Tube amps can be wonderful, but take a little bit of work. Tubes, particularly output tubes wear out. Replacement will require biasing, and often output tubes need to be checked periodically. Unless you are familiar with, and are willing to take the bottom off (where there are lethal voltages) i recommend you look for an amp that has external bias controls and test points (or bias meter). Or look for an amp that is autobiased or cathode biased.
Cayin gear is generally well made, but dealers and thereby service can be limited. Their stuff new may be within your budget.
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Perhaps Wavebourne has something appropriate.
Sorry... Should be Wavebourn.
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