One of the more passionate groups of audiophiles is the analog lovers. Of those vinyl-spinning, high-electrical-drawing individuals, perhaps the most questions get put to task about actually getting into the tube amplifier technology. The category takes a bit of explaining to do properly, and there are undoubtably more than a few misconceptions surrounding the use and implementation of purely analog amplification.
What tubes work best? How much power do I need? This week’s episode of PTA’s The Occasional Podcast interviews hobbyist and amplifier designer Justin Weber of ampsandsound. Being well versed in both the headphone and personal audio space, Justin brings the meat and potatoes along with a handy helping of recommendations and more to the in-depth interview. It is a must listen for anyone getting into the space, and stretches to extremely informative detail for those who already own an amplifier as well.
The Occasional Podcast is launching into their 9th season. Previous episodes include coverage of the Florida Audio Expo, interviews with Sean Casey of Zu Audio, how to’s and more from audio’s greatest talents, including Michael Fremer and Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Best of Show, 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 HiFi, Subwoofers/Setup/Tips, and the how to: Budgeting From Entry Level To High End. Season 4 highlights include Joseph Audio, Pro-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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