Are We Heading Towards A Tube Shortage? | The Occasional Podcast

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In our first episode of season 7, The Occasional Podcast takes a look at the ever-changing tube supply that feeds the needs of our precious analog amplifiers. Joined by PartTimeAudiophile’s own Editor-In-Chief Marc Phillips, the show tackles the recent ramifications of the supply chain into demand, and our perception of said demand.

Where are we now? Where are we heading? What should audiophile’s look out for? Marc and Brian drop their thoughts on the subject in this podcast, which also includes comments from Jason Stoddard of Schiit Audio, EveAnna Manley of Manley Labs and a bonus interview with AXPONA’s Liz Miller and Mark Freed.

The Occasional Podcast is firing up Season 7 with an emphasis on tube technologies, but you can also check out last season’s Anatomy Of An Amplifier and earlier episodes like A Beginners Guide To Wireless HiFiHow Records Are Made plus A Guide To Tube Amplifiers and our season 6 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. 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. Season three had interviews with such audio legends as Jeff JosephBill Dudleston, Nelson Pass and even Rob Watts.

If you would like more from PTA staff writer and 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.

You can stream the newest episode on tube supply direct from the embed below or subscribe to The Occasional Podcast on your favorite podcast platform including iTunesAndroidGoogle, Deezer, SpotifyiHeartRadio and more.

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