Updated February 14, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Vacuum Tube Amplifiers

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Vacuum tube amplifiers have been around for a long time, and many enthusiasts claim they provide a warmer, fuller profile than solid-state devices. If you're a stickler when it comes to high-fidelity audio and insist on top-of-the-line components, the right valve model will almost certainly fulfill your needs. Here are some of the most iconic, affordable, and high-performing options. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best vacuum tube amplifier on Amazon.

10. Yaqin MC-84L

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9. Loxjie P20

8. Luxman MQ-88U

7. Dared MP-5BT

6. Rockville Blutube

5. GemTune GS-01

4. GemTune BL-02

3. Nobsound 6P1 by Douk

2. Yaqin MC-13S

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1. Dynaco ST-70

Editor's Notes

February 07, 2019:

There's a massive sect of devout audiophiles who wouldn't be caught dead listening to their music collection using a solid-state amplifier. If you're among them, you're in luck, because there are countless tube-driven amps available, and they look and sound better than ever. The Dynaco ST-70 has sold more units in its three generations than nearly anything else on the planet, and that's no accident; it's an excellent device in nearly every respect — though it does cost a premium. The Yaqin MC-13S, on the other hand, delivers almost as good an experience, so much so that most listeners will be more than satisfied with it, and it costs under a thousand dollars. And if you're on a budget, you won't be disappointed by the Nobsound. Even tighter budgets should have no problem with the Rockville Blutube, which is relatively popular, and extremely affordable. The Dared and the Gemtune BL-02 are interesting options, as they combine old-school valve technology with modern features like Bluetooth, for the best of both worlds. And the Gemtune GS-01 is a solid choice for a mid-range amp that offers high-end sound. If you're really looking for the best, you'll be hard pressed to do better than the Luxman, but be prepared to shell out quite a bit of dough. And for one of the best and most affordable headphone models, the relatively new Loxjie is tough to beat, whether your cans are single- or balanced-input models.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on February 14, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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