View Full Version : Studio-quality triode-tube $4000 iPod speakers

Dec 31, 2005, 02:26 PM
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Link: Studio-quality triode-tube $4000 iPod speakers (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20051231152633)

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Dec 31, 2005, 02:31 PM
i doubt the $4000 price tag on these lasts long
once more companies use this same technology prices will come down due to competition
if i were a millioare ide def have a set of these

Dec 31, 2005, 02:35 PM
i'm happy with my JBL on stage II's :)

Dec 31, 2005, 03:02 PM
At a price tag of 4k, I will stick with my Logitech 5.1 for now. :)

Dec 31, 2005, 07:15 PM
seems kind of useless for playing out an 1/8" mini jack from 128k compressed audio files. Even if you use your own stuff, the kind of people willing to spend 4 grand on speakers aren't going to plug them into an iPod.

Dec 31, 2005, 07:23 PM
i will stick with my 6.1 yamaha/bose setup which costs less than 4000

Dec 31, 2005, 07:28 PM
The tube amplifier smoothes over distortions found in modern digital recordings while helping to compensate and minimize the quality loss inherent in compressed audio such as MP3s.
The amazing part is that people will snap these up, insist they sound better, all while missing the inherent contradiction in there.

Dec 31, 2005, 08:22 PM
i doubt the $4000 price tag on these lasts long
once more companies use this same technology prices will come down due to competition
if i were a millioare ide def have a set of these

I don't think that will ever happen. There's very little demand for tube hi-fi equipment, and that's unlikely to ever change because of the idiosyncrasies of such technology. There are several companies out there making hi-fi tube audio equipment, and often they can charge as much as they want, because there's always some eccentric audiophile out there willing to pay the price of admission.

Little Endian
Jan 1, 2006, 07:02 AM
$4000!! regardless of the quality I would not spend that much on an audio system being fed with an ipod. I would more sooner plug my ipod into my Marshall half-stack with Sovtek tubes which is in it's own right a silly thing to do.

Jan 2, 2006, 07:46 AM
They look cheap btw!! You can get a set of B&Os Beolab 3 on ebay at half the price of that.

Also this new technology that is supposed to make sound better only means that you can't use these speakers as monitors - in their ad they clearly promiss you a sound different than the original, nuff said!

Jan 2, 2006, 03:15 PM
Why waste single-ended class-A triode technology on an iPod? Even playing uncompressed AIFF, the iPod's Digital-Analog Converter (DAC), error correction, jitter protection, and voltage stability, etc. just doesn't live up to the digital gear that usually goes with multi-thousand-dollar amplification (or the >$20K vinyl rigs if you eschew digital)... anyhow for similar tube ipod gear btw, see this (http://www.psiberaudio.com/iPod_3.htm).

That said, single-ended tech is ideally suited for smaller apps such as iPod speakers (or high-end bookshelfs, or horn-speakers)... although I'm not sure if the article confirmed these were single-ended (vs. push-pull), or what tubes were included.


The iPod is about headphones, so instead of $4k on the above, I would much rather pay MUCH less for a good pair of headphones (such as high end Grados), and a tube-based headphone amp, such as:

* $250 Antique Sound (http://www.audioadvisor.com/store/productdetail.asp?sku=ASLHB1&product_name=HB1%20Hybrid%20Tube%20Headphone%20Amp)
* $400 OTL headphone amp (http://www.audioadvisor.com/store/productdetail.asp?sku=ASLMGHEADOTLIII&product_name=MG%20Head%20DT%20/%20OTL%20MK%20III%20Headphone%20Amp) (output transformerless)
* $300 Musical Fidelity XCan v3 (http://www.musicalfidelity.com/mf/en/Products/SmallX/SXCANV3)
* $350 DC-headphone amp by headphone mfg Grado (http://www.audioadvisor.com/store/productdetail.asp?sku=GRRA1&product_name=RA-1%20Battery%20Powered%20Headphone%20Amp) See Wired's gear issue, Grado won.

* $200 Budget solid-state headphone amp by Creek (http://www.audioadvisor.com/store/productdetail.asp?sku=CROBH11&product_name=OBH-11%20Headphone%20Amplifier) Budget price for entry into the high-end of audio
* $150-$200 Entry level headphone amp from HeadRoom (http://www.headphone.com/products/headphone-amps/). Also features a delayed cross-talk circuit to get sound more in front of your head, rather than inside of it.

Even these budget systems with a budget Grado SR-60 (about $70) headphones will blow away most iPod users, even if they are using some $60 Koss/Sony/wtvr midfi gear.