SuperBAF Cheap Tube Amp Guide ~$1200 or less

Discussion in 'Amplifiers and Combo (DAC/Amp) Units' started by Marvey, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. TomNC

    TomNC Rando

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2015
    Likes Received:
    21
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Location:
    Durham, NC
    I listened to Mainline at a mini meet a week ago. It could not keep up with ZD/ZDS/DNA Stratus/Liquid Gold and a $2100 level made-in-China tube (6as7g/6080) amp. But all the other amps are also more expensive than the Mainline. The attendants at the meet as a group thought the Mainline was far from TOTL amp status.
     
    Sherm likes this.

  2. Sherm

    Sherm Rando

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2016
    Likes Received:
    10
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Indiana
    Thanks for the input, @TomNC! I was most attracted to the Mainline due to the DIY aspect, but price was also a consideration. I guess I'll have to keep saving until I can afford one of the higher end tube amps.
     
  3. FallingObjects

    FallingObjects Friend

    Friend
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2016
    Likes Received:
    292
    Dislikes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    63
  4. murray

    murray Friend

    Friend
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2015
    Likes Received:
    134
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    33
    Location:
    N.Z.
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2016
    FallingObjects and Ray like this.
  5. Clear Water

    Clear Water Friend

    Friend
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2015
    Likes Received:
    5
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    3
  6. murray

    murray Friend

    Friend
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2015
    Likes Received:
    134
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    33
    Location:
    N.Z.
    You're right. Old habits die hard. FTFY.
     
  7. TheIceman93

    TheIceman93 Wow, I made it this far without being a friend?

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2016
    Likes Received:
    112
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    SoCal
    Anyone have a listen to the Decware CSP3? Its around $1300 so a bit more than the limit but it looks pretty nice and Decware seems to be well liked. Don't hear much about them around here though.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. TheIceman93

    TheIceman93 Wow, I made it this far without being a friend?

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2016
    Likes Received:
    112
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    SoCal
  9. MattRG

    MattRG Acquaintance

    Contributor
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2017
    Likes Received:
    35
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Taylorsville, Georgia - USA
    I watched a video the other day of Tyll at a meet-up and he was talking to Zach from ZMF about the Eikon and Atticus. Guess which amp he had those units plugged in to? Yep, the Decware shown above. Evidently Decware isn't too far geographically from ZMF and Zach is a fan of theirs and said they made good stuff.

    And in other news I bought a lightly used Lyr 2 from an online source today for $275. For that kind of money I figured it was worth it to get a taste of tubes on the cheap. I think it should be here next week and I am extremely interested to hear how it sounds.
     

Share This Page