A Guide To Tube Amplifiers | The Occasional Podcast

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This week’s episode of PTA’s The Occasional Podcast provides a fresh outline for understanding tube amplifiers in high fidelity audio. Thanks to the help of Gary Dews of Border Patrol Audio Electronics and Mark Schneider of Linear Tube Audio, we dive deep into the land of music and sound, visible only by the light generated from the warm glow of a glass tube.

SET, Push-Pull, OTL. Gary and Mark discuss the pros, cons and their favorites of the bunch along with the application of negative feedback in designs. It’s a great kicking off point if you are new to the idea of tube amplifiers, or are wondering what it takes to get started.

The Occasional Podcast is opening the doors on Season 6 with last week’s conversation of What Are Meta Materials? Do Expensive Cables Matter? plus our season opener What Is Accuracy and Why Audiophiles Love Jazz? but don’t miss last season’s finale TOP’s Best Of Season 5 Awards Plus A Visit to Van Halen’s 5150 Studios or our revisited interview with the late legendary recording engineer Al Schmitt, and the interview with digital audio designer Mike Moffat from the season 5 opener. Also available for download is last season’s interviews with Heinz Lichtenegger, president of Pro-Ject. You can also check out Budgeting – From Entry Level To High EndGetting Started With Vinyl Playback, The Occasional Beginner’s Guide To Digital Audio and our take on the “Loudness Wars” which has been a highlight for the season. Season three had interviews with such audio legends as Jeff JosephBill Dudleston, Nelson Pass and even Rob Watts.

If you would like more from engineer Dave McNair, you can hear also him exploring all things Mastering and explaining The Loudness Wars, and if you haven’t checked out our beginners guide to reel-to-reel playback, it’s definitely worth a listen.

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Brian Hunter is the host of The Occasional Podcast by Part-Time Audiophile and the founder of Audio-Head.com.