Studio-quality triode-tube $4000 iPod speakers

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Dec 31, 2005.

  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. doucy2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2005
    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
  3. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
  4. maya macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.
    At a price tag of 4k, I will stick with my Logitech 5.1 for now. :)
  5. Keynoteuser macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2003
    Columbus, Ohio area

    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.
  6. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    i will stick with my 6.1 yamaha/bose setup which costs less than 4000
  7. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    The amazing part is that people will snap these up, insist they sound better, all while missing the inherent contradiction in there.
  8. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    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.
  9. Little Endian macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2003
    $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.
  10. Coheebuzz macrumors 6502


    Oct 10, 2005
    Nicosia, Cyprus
    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!
  11. Santaduck macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2003
    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.

    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
    * $400 OTL headphone amp (output transformerless)
    * $300 Musical Fidelity XCan v3
    * $350 DC-headphone amp by headphone mfg Grado See Wired's gear issue, Grado won.

    * $200 Budget solid-state headphone amp by Creek Budget price for entry into the high-end of audio
    * $150-$200 Entry level headphone amp from HeadRoom. 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.


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