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if i wanted to get a decent tube amp for my bedroom computer.

what should i look at? i dont want to build my own. and i want it to sound and look pretty.

i would want to drive 2 medium size bookshelf speakers with it. thumb.gif
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Which speakers exactly? Also, you need to state a budget, you could buy an amp costing anywhere between $200 and $20,000. It's hard to recommend anything without knowing those 2 things.
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speakers may change at any time. small to med bookshelfs. or i could buy speakers. would be cool to run with b&w 685's.

and while looking at my sig rig i doubt that somone with a 800$ computer would want to spend 20,000$ on an amp.

im looking for the cheapest that would look good and sound good.
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speakers may change at any time. small to med bookshelfs. or i could buy speakers. would be cool to run with b&w 685's.
and while looking at my sig rig i doubt that somone with a 800$ computer would want to spend 20,000$ on an amp.
im looking for the cheapest that would look good and sound good.

You need to match speakers with a tube amp carefully, tube amps generally have low output wattage so need to be paired with higher sensitivity speakers. Is there any reason you're set on a tube amp?

I realise you aren't going to be dropping $20K on an amp but I was just making a point that you need to provide a budget other than "the best for the money".
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what about this one?

http://www.amazon.com/Qinpu-A3-Integrated-Amplifier/dp/B0057ODYX4/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1327961254&sr=8-11

$199 looks pretty kewl.. reviews pretty good.


if you decide you are not dedicated to the tube amp idea you can get a pretty nice T-Amp (i have SMSL SA-S3) for under $100 ... the dayton DTA-100a for example is pretty popular.
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That tube amp doesn't have enough oomph if he sticks with the 685's. 8.5w x 2.

Until I hear a budget though I won't be recommending anything.
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8.5w x 2 i dont understand who would use that? thats like headphone wattage. not speaker.. so those huge rediculus speakers that people had back in the day were crazy low wattage? as you could run a 3foot tall speaker from my grandpas era with it, but not a bookshelf from now?


pricing... I dono, i see 500-650$ ish for a amp pretty decent. spent about that on my onkyo 606

tube because ive wanted one, and i dont just buy things without a purpose.
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8.5w x 2 i dont understand who would use that?

I did say earlier in the thread:
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You need to match speakers with a tube amp carefully, tube amps generally have low output wattage so need to be paired with higher sensitivity speakers.
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tube because ive wanted one, and i dont just buy things without a purpose.

You're just making things more difficult than necessary in my opinion, you should stick with a solid state stereo amp, you'll get many more options for your money and will have more choice when it comes to speakers. Something by Marantz, NAD, Cambridge Audio, Denon, Harman Kardon etc will do you fine.

I'd also recommend listening to the B&W 685 before you buy them, I very nearly bought them blind but I'm so glad I didn't, when I went to listen to them in the shop I realised within minutes that I didn't like their sound at all.
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I did say earlier in the thread:
You're just making things more difficult than necessary in my opinion, you should stick with a solid state stereo amp, you'll get many more options for your money and will have more choice when it comes to speakers. Something by Marantz, NAD, Cambridge Audio, Denon, Harman Kardon etc will do you fine.
I'd also recommend listening to the B&W 685 before you buy them, I very nearly bought them blind but I'm so glad I didn't, when I went to listen to them in the shop I realised within minutes that I didn't like their sound at all.

yeah i know normal stereo equips.

i just wanted this if i could make it happen. ive wanted an analog system, also so i could get the turntable hooked up all oldschool like. plus new gear looks so sterile. where as tube stuff looks nice and classy. i already run my computer from onkyo 606 so what your saying is i should just keep that and not buy a tube amp becuase its easyer?

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also about 685, what kind of music do you listin to? i have heard b&w is some of the best for classical and orchestra related music, which is why i want em. i already have the works of infinity's primus series. i was just wanting to do somthing nice and small for bedroom computer, started at the bose desktop system they are pretty decent but at 400$ i might as well make my own setup.
Edited by NKrader - 1/31/12 at 10:58am
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I love me some classical music some of my favorite being Chopin, Ponchielli, Vivaldi classical in general is a hit for me. The only thing I find better then sitting down relaxing to it is when its coming from my B&W 685's now I'm sure better speakers out there for it but of all the ones I demoed they shined through the best for the music.
But for sure you gotta listen to them first. I got mine powered by a Pioneer Elite VSX 03THX amp but I wanna get a Cambridge audio Azur 840A (V2) Amp and a DacMagic 2 as upgrades. I heard them in the shop that way and they were amazing!
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