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Need facts on tube amps research paper

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by reel big bassist, Feb 11, 2001.


  1. reel big bassist

    reel big bassist

    Mar 27, 2000
    Maryland
    Hey everyone,
    I'm thinking of doing my research paper on
    tube vs. Solid-State amplifiers. I'm not sure
    if I will because I don't know much about electronics
    but this topic really interests me.
    A lot of the time I hear people say tube amps sound
    warmer, their better, you know stuff like that.
    All I want to know is the facts straight and simple.
    What makes a tube amp sound different from a
    solid-state amp. I know this is no easy question,
    but I've never heard a straight answer
    to this question.

    I recently came across an article in True Audio that
    I want you all to read, it was very facinating.
    I want to know what you guys think cause I know
    you can't belive everything you read, the article is
    very convinccing. Here's the URL: http://www.trueaudio.com/at_eetjlm.htm

    Thanx a ton,
    Anxiously Awaiting Your Response,
    -Reel Big Bassist

     
  2. brewer9

    brewer9

    Jul 5, 2000
    Great thesis. I'd love to read your project when its done. What are the actual differences that effect the sound?
     
  3. reel big bassist

    reel big bassist

    Mar 27, 2000
    Maryland
    What are the actual differences that affect the sound?
    That's what I'm trying to figure out.

    What makes a tube amp sound different from a solid-state amp?
    I think what makes this question so difficult is that their are so many variables.
    For one, not all solid-state amps sound the same, each has their own
    characteristic sound. Similarly, not all tube amps sound the same, each has
    their own chararacteristic sound as well.
    So if every solid-state amp has its own characteristic sound,
    and if every tube amp has its own characteristic sound,
    how do we compare them to each other?
    Do we even have a basis for comparision?

    Also, it seems like everyone has their own opinion why tube amps sound
    different from solid-state amps. Some people would say that in an unclipped mode,
    they don't sound different at all.
    It seems like their should be a concrete fact that states why tube amps sound
    different from solid-state amps. Like tube amps have a transformer,
    or tube amps are wired differently and that's why they sound different.

    Physco, Joris, and anyone else on the board check out the article (http://www.trueaudio.com/at_eetjlm.htm) it's very convincing.
    I want to know what you all think about it.

    Maybe their isn't a black and white reason why tube amps sound different from
    solid-state amps.
    Tell me what you think.

    Anxiously Awaiting Your Response,
    -Reel Big Bassist