10 Best Vacuum Tube Amplifiers
The Muzishare X7 looks and sounds formidable, with its dual VU meters and black metal grille covering its three sets of vacuum tubes. Its triode mode softens the tone for vocals and strings, while the ultra-linear setting is ideal for punchier, dynamic music styles.
- Input selector dial on the front
- Infrared remote control
- Integral phono preamp
With its stainless steel chassis and analog meter, the Yaqin MC-13S is as aesthetically appealing as it is sonically impressive. Its class A circuitry ensures a clean and consistent output with minimal harmonic distortion, and a signal-to-noise ratio of over 85 decibels.
- Reassuringly weighty at 50 pounds
- One-quarter-volt input sensitivity
- High-quality transistors
BoyuuRange MT-34 MKII
While it initially takes around 100 hours to reach its optimal sound quality, the BoyuuRange MT-34 MKII rewards your patience with its smooth, warm tones. It is sturdily-built, weighing nearly 42 pounds, and comes with a protective grille to cover its delicate valves.
- 88-decibel signal-to-noise ratio
- Ultra-linear and triode modes
- Output of 35 watts per channel
With its exceptional build quality and sound to match, the Willsenton R8 is a firm favorite among audiophiles. It offers switchable triode and ultra-linear modes, and you can select between three sets of tubes to achieve your ideal tone.
- Protective grille for the tubes
- A remote control
- Headphones amplifier
Nobsound 6P1 by Douk
The Nobsound 6P1 by Douk achieves excellent clarity by employing anti-magnetic panels to prevent the transformers from introducing interference. While its nominal output is only about 13 watts, it works great with a pair of 60-watt studio monitors.
- Switchable between 4 and 8 ohms
- Strong welds and solder points
- Only one input channel
Those who favor tone over features might consider the highly affordable Reisong A10 . While it is basic in its functionality, with only power and volume dials on its faceplate, it is well crafted out of polished stainless steel and CNC-machined aluminum.
- Two switchable phono inputs
- Steel cover for protection
- Comparatively low output
The Rockville Blutube delivers a warm, lifelike sound profile and plenty of volume at an affordable price. It is especially versatile, with two sets of RCA inputs and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a USB port for playback of digital audio files.
- Input sensitivity of 300 millivolts
- Operates at 4 to 8 ohms
- Up to 35 watts per channel
An exceptionally versatile choice, the Dared MP-5BT combines old-school engineering with modern features. It’s among the very few with analog, USB, and Bluetooth inputs, making it one of the most useful for in-home listening.
- Attractive rose-gold finish
- Good value for money
- Valves are not fully protected
Fosi Audio T20
Packing plenty of features into its small frame, the Fosi Audio T20 boasts an impressive output of 50 watts per channel. Its low latency Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity means you can stream devices direct to speakers with no need for any peripheral gear.
- Bluetooth range of up to 39 feet
- Equalization controls on front panel
- Only one auxiliary input
If you’re looking for a companion to your expensive, balanced-input headphones, it’s hard to go wrong with the Loxjie P20 , which provides an exceptionally wide soundstage at a remarkably low cost. It’s compatible with a huge range of models at impedances of up to 600 ohms.
- High signal-to-noise ratio
- Machined aluminum casing
- No speaker outputs