Why is the 300B tube so popular among audiophiles? It’s relatively low output limits the number of speakers that make a good match. On this week’s episode of The Occasional Podcast, we sit down with Gary Dews of Border Patrol Audio Electronics to find out what draws amplifier designs to the popular 300B.
Gary also chats about a brief history of the 300B tube, and its current state in the market. Recent changes to supply and demand have disrupted the usual market stability and the 300B tube is no exception. There is clearly something more than meets the eye in regards to the 300B, and many hifi lovers are more than willing to tap into the unseen magic for their stereophonic usage.
The Occasional Podcast has reached the final episode of Season 7 with our deep dive into the 300b tube, but you can also check out interview with turntable reviewer Michael Fremer and last season’s Anatomy Of An Amplifier and earlier episodes like A Beginners Guide To Wireless HiFi, How 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 End, Getting Started With Vinyl Playback, The Occasional Beginner’s Guide To Digital Audio. Season three had interviews with such audio legends as Jeff Joseph, Bill 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.
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