My Best Vacuum Tube Buyer’s Guide (2018 Update)

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Considering the amount of options on the current market, choosing the right vacuum tube is very hard. Many companies offer all kinds of vacuum tube nowadays, and it might take you weeks to explore all the options. Our team made this buying guide for those who would like to get the best vacuum tube in the shortest period.

During the process of creating this buying guide, we looked through every important aspect of each vacuum tube available on the current market. Our list of the best products is as objective and trustworthy as it could be. However, we still advice you to make your own research before buying a vacuum tube.

Our Favorite 4 Vacuum Tube of 2018

Name and Features Image Rating Details
1. Nobsound 6n8p+6p3p Hifi Single-ended Pure Class A Tube
This product contains all of the tube amplifier kit (includes a bottom panel and a power cord).
Nobsound 6n8p+6p3p Hifi Single-ended Pure Class A Tube
5.0
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2. Nobsound Ns-10p Mini Vacuum Tube (Best Performance for the Price)
Excellent sound performance.
Nobsound Ns-10p Mini Vacuum Tube
4.8
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3. Smsl T2 2x6j9 Super Low Ground Noise Vacuum Tube (Most User-Friendly)
Our amp is constructed from top of the line, scratch resistant cnc aluminum.
Smsl T2 2x6j9 Super Low Ground Noise Vacuum Tube
4.3
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4. UPDATED (Best Classic Design)
Adopt low-ground noise power circuit, no pop, no audible noise, dead silent when nothing is playing through it.
UPDATED
4.3
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№ 1. Nobsound 6n8p+6p3p Hifi Single-ended Pure Class A Tube Amp Vacuum Power Amplifier Diy Kit
 

Design
5/5
 

Versatility
5/5
 

Durability
5/5
 

Price
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
5.0
Nobsound 18.8 pounds
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This is a diy kit (a full suit) and you need to solder it by yourself. This product contains all of the tube amplifier kit (includes a bottom panel and a power cord). The correct voltage and plug specifications will be sent. This diy kit needs professional skill. And it only includes a product diagram instead of a step-by-step instruction manual. If you start to assemble it, returning will cause much loss to us. This product uses gold-plated output terminals. The bottom panel and the wooden side panel are complimentary (totally free).

 

 
GOOD
This product contains all
This is a diy kit
This diy kit needs professional skill
This product uses gold-plated output terminals
BAD
Given all the pros, this product is impeccable.
 

 

 
№ 2. Nobsound Ns-10p Mini Vacuum Tube Preamp Audio Hi-fi Stereo Pre-amplifier Treble and Bass Control
 

Design
5/5
 

Versatility
5/5
 

Durability
5/5
 

Price
4/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.8
Douk Audio DZ030 13.4 ounces
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Excellent sound performance; no background noise; warm and soft tube sound; sound quality enhancement; pure tube preamplifier; suitable for all amplifiers and music types. Mini size and exquisite appearance; cnc aluminum shell and front panel; blue tube light; mellow and solid touch feeling. Douk audio is committed to provide highest level of customer service. With independent treble, bass and volume control; vacuum tubes can be replaced by various models. Please note this is a preamplifier, which needs to be connected with amplifiers or active speakers. It is not a phono preamp and can t be used for turntables.

 

 
GOOD
With independent treble
Douk audio is committed
Excellent sound performance
BAD
It is a bit pricey in comparison with other models.
It is inconvenient.
 

How expensive should a good vacuum tube be?

If you want to buy a reliable vacuum tube, then you should remember that it costs a decent amount of money. Of course, there are many cheap models, but they do not last for too long. We recommend you to buy vacuum tubefrom our rating list since they offer the best price to quality ratio.

 

 
№ 3. Smsl T2 2x6j9 Super Low Ground Noise Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier, Integrated Tube Amplifier, Audio, Hifi, Stereo, Output Protection for Headphone
 

Design
5/5
 

Versatility
3/5
 

Durability
5/5
 

Price
4/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.3
SMSL T2 2.9 x 1 x 3.5 inches 1.26 pounds
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Semi-set tube design: as a safety measure, the high temperature portion of the tube is strategically placed inside of the amp and out of reach. (please plug the power supply after all the connection been done for safety). (note: please know that this headphone amplifier not for intense music). (warm tip: when you use this product for a long time, please do not touch it by your bare hand, it may very hot, but please don’t worry this is a normal phenomenon.

 

 
GOOD
Semi-set tube design
Small compact size & 2 x 6j9 j-grade tubes
High drive current
Sophisticated design
Low ground noise
BAD
Works inconsistently.
It is overpriced by many times.
 

 

 
№ 4. UPDATED, Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier Preamplifier Usb Sound Card Pcm2704 Dac Integrated Mini Audio Hi-fi Stereo Preamp, Black
 

Design
4/5
 

Versatility
4/5
 

Durability
4/5
 

Price
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.3
Fosi Audio 14.1 ounces
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Low ground noise,: adopt low-ground noise power circuit, no pop, no audible noise, dead silent when nothing is playing through it. Come with 2 x 6j9 j-grade tubes, can be replaced by e180f.6 9, ef861, and 6688 tubes; . Quality assurance, manufacturer-direct, free lifetime technical support, and 18-month manufacturer’s warranty. Output protection for headphone,: rms 1100mw (32ohm; 20-30khz; thd 0.005%), with 3.5mm and 6.35mm output jacks, best for 18-600ohm headphones. Can connect to amplifiers, turntable, active speakers as preamp; . Small compact,: small simple compact design but practical. Built-in pcm2704 dac chip, support sampling rate: 16bit – 32k.44.1k.48k. Come with usb cable, can be used as external usb dac.

3 in 1,: headphone amp + pre-amp + external usb dac sound card; with 3.5mm and usb(tybe b) input jacks; .

 

 
GOOD
Low ground noise
Quality assurance
Small compact
Output protection
BAD
It is made from cheap and flimsy materials.
 

Is not buying vacuum tubeon the internet is dangerous?

Why there should be any reasons to worry? There are no risks in buying vacuum tubeon the internet, sine you can always get a refund. You can also check the reputation of a seller just to be sure that your vacuum tube will be delivered without any problems.

Are there any reasons to buy vacuum tubewith a lifetime warranty?

Companies that make vacuum tubeoffer all kinds of warranties for any taste. Usually, cheap models have only a 6-month warranty or do not have it at all. Average users recommend choosing a vacuum tube with a two-year warranty, but we believe that the five-year warranty is much better and safer. At the same time, our team would not recommend you to buy models with a lifetime warranty since the vast majority of them is significantly overpriced.

Are there anything special that I should know before buying a vacuum tube?

Marketplace provides a myriad of convenient features to help you compare and choose vacuum tube. It also aggregates thousands of reviews from people all over the world. Always read them before choosing a vacuum tube!

What should I do if I receive a wrong item instead of my vacuum tube?

If you were unlucky enough to get a wrong or broken product, use electronic mail or international telephone to contact the customer support team. They will help you to return your money or get the right vacuum tube.

How to get a refund for a vacuum tube?

Most of the time seller will return your money without any trouble. If you received a malfunctioning vacuum tube, you will easily get a refund or a replacement. Nonetheless, if you value your time, we highly recommend you to thoroughly check the item’s description before making a purchase.

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