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Tube or Solid State Monitor amp?
Old 22nd October 2013
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Tube or Solid State Monitor amp?

Manley or Parasound for small 2 way monitors? Help me out.
Old 22nd October 2013
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I'd say solid state for monitoring.
Tubes are generally more colored.
Old 22nd October 2013
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tube amps are generally used by hifi users that are not engineering. tube gear can be very clean, but generally tube amps are colored to enhance the sound.
Old 22nd October 2013
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class D
Old 22nd October 2013
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Originally Posted by evosilica View Post
class D
I used to run tube amp with small pmc tb2 monitors,
it was great, much better then solid state primare amp I used before,
but swapping tube amp for hypex ucd 400 HxR was one of best investment (if not the best) to my studio.
It is really worth to check it.

good luck!
Old 22nd October 2013
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Tube amps are nice BUT.

They generate a lot of heat.
They need to be maintained and the tubes checked on a regular basis.
They can have a color to them that may cloud your judgement as to what you are hearing.
They take a while to warm up
They sometimes have a higher noise floor than a SS or D amplifier
They generate a lot of heat.

I love the sound of tubes just not for monitoring.
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