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Old 4th October 2019, 04:16 AM   #51
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Go try it yourself is all I can say. If you haven't a tube amp, go borrow one ya.
I've tried those subjective comparisons many times. They are only useful as self entertainment purpose. When it comes to figuring out how amps really sound, it's useless.
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It depends on what you are looking for. If you want an amp that precisely follows the source then lots of test equipment is needed. If you prefer something that isn't so clinical then you have to hunt around for different amps to see what you like the sound of. Some guitarists love the sound of over driven valve amps but they are full of warm harmonics and far from clinical.
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I've tried those subjective comparisons many times. They are only useful as self entertainment purpose. When it comes to figuring out how amps really sound, it's useless.
For me it was not a purposefully done swap to compare so no placebo effect or anything. I just heard the changes that's all which did surprise me initially though.
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Old 4th October 2019, 07:00 AM   #54
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If you haven't a tube amp, go borrow one ya.
You can't borrow listening acuity.
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Old 4th October 2019, 07:08 AM   #55
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Some guitarists love the sound of over driven valve amps but they are full of warm harmonics and far from clinical.
This has nothing to do with the topic. And you seem to abuse of the terms such clinical, accurate Someone might be tempted to ask: in what system? Could you describe? I mean, you can find those terms in a review of a power chord the one that goes to the mains
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For me it was not a purposefully done swap to compare so no placebo effect or anything. I just heard the changes that's all which did surprise me initially though.
That happened to me too during subjective comparison. Then when the levels are matched for testing amps, the results changed. Try it yourself.
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You can't borrow listening acuity.
Nothing to stop you saying you have it even if you haven't, handy little fact for those in the business
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Do tubes sound better than solid state at low volumes
My 2 cents. ...

A SS amp is like pushing / pulling something with a metal rod, Rigid and Strong. A Tube amp is like pushing /pulling something with a rubber rod, softer with a little give.

I use two amplifiers for my main system SS for the low end where I want it stiff crisp and strong. Tube for the rest where I prefer it a little smoother.

I would be hard pressed to choose one over the other, since both have their strengths. If it was just for low volume I might pick tubes over SS since at that point the base would typically not be turned up.
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