Reviews of the Compact Tube Hybrid
- Sherwood at Headfi Forums - “Bottom line, this amp is reasonably cheap, very cheerful, has no need of expensive or matched tubes, has enough power to drive difficult loads, is well-designed enough to benefit from tuberolling, and is small enough to be paired with portable sources. That's an awfully complete package. That it sounds great to boot really seals the deal.”
Comments on the Compact Tube Hybrid
TimJo at Headfi Forums - “I have to say that I continue to be amazed at what this little amp can do. Like I have said before, it has become clear to me that the sound quality is heavily dependent on the combination of the tube and the headphones - but once you get a good match for the type of music you want to listen to, the sonics can be truly amazing.
I've been going through a bunch of my favorite albums and it's like rediscovering them all over again. Some of things that I continue to notice are crystal clear details in the percussion, amazing reproduction of studio reverb, nice separation and placement of the individual instruments, very quiet vocal fills in background overdubs that I've never noticed before - the list goes on...
Because of the level of detail that this amp can provide, the other observation I can relate is that it puts more pressure on the performance of the source. Good sources (including the mastering itself) can sound really good - bad ones sound so-so. My best source is my turntable, and I have the CTH connected directly to the phono preamp (see my sig) and when I put on a good recording (like the Cisco 30th aniv. reissue of Aja) it is as good as I've heard it before. I've also put on my 38 year old copy of All Things Must Pass, and it was almost like hearing it for the first time. To be honest, I'm not sure how much more detail can actually be extracted from my turntable, but I'm going to build a Bijou to find out.”