The Occasional Podcast Talks – The 300b Tube

300b tube amplifier from Border Patrol.

It is no surprise that hifi lovers ofter gravitate towards tube amplification despite some of its innate drawbacks. Of the tube chosen for this sacred task, there is perhaps no tube revered more than the 300b. On this week’s episode of The Occasional Podcast Gary Dews of Border Patrol Audio Electronics joins the conversation to help educate and explore one of the most wondrous of audiophile tubes.

Why is the 300b so common in audiophile tube amplifier designs? What about the 300b makes it unique among the many options available to amp makers? The Occasional Podcast explores everything you would ever want to know about this direct heated triode, including usage, benefits, drawbacks and the current state of pricing and supply.

The Occasional Podcast is closing up their seventh season. Previous episodes include Our We Heading Towards a Tube Shortage?, interviews, how to’s and more from audio’s greatest talents, including Michael Fremer and their picks for products of the season, another interesting conversation about the History Of The BBC’s LS3/5a Loudspeaker,  A Beginner’s Guide To Tube Amplifiers and A View From The Booth: Reference Systems, Accuracy & Why Audiophiles Love Jazz So Much: including rare interview with the late audio legend engineer Al Schmitt. The finale from season 5 includes the yearly “best of awards” and you can also find episodes covering British HiFiSubwoofers/Setup/Tips, and the how to: Budgeting From Entry Level To High End. Season 4 highlights include Joseph AudioPro-Ject Turntables, and Rob Watts. One can still download this season’s educational show with TOP’s Beginners Primer To High Fidelity Digital Audio alongside the latest on Two-Way Speaker Design. Fan favorite What Is Mastering? What Happens When An Album Is Remastered? is also still available as well. If you are interested in further exploring the analog realm, the Guide To Buying A Turntable (and records) might point you in the right direction. 

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