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Re: Tube output stage vs Tube buffer?

not usually. A tube output stage at least implies the tube stage is providing the necessary gain to be sent to the preamp or amp. A buffer has a gain of 1 (or a bit less). Typical practice seems to be to put a tube buffer after the opamps in a normal cd player to give "tube" sound. Generally, it just degrades the sound.

A real tube output stage is providing the gain so opamps are often not used at all. A case in point is the Monarchy M24 DAC. It uses a tube output stage in an SRPP configuration. No opamps or transistors are used.

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  • Re: Tube output stage vs Tube buffer? - morricab 04:25:00 03/12/07 (1)

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