My Best Vacuum Tube (2018) - Buyer's Guide

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People who are looking for good vacuum tube should find our article very helpful. It contains all the needed information about existing vacuum tube model, as well as buying tips for beginners and the TOP list of the best products.

Vacuum Tube differ by the manufacturer, material, color, and many other characteristics. Moreover, every year manufacturers present newer models, which makes the choice even more complicated. Thanks to our buying guide, you will be able to understand all the nuances of vacuum tube and save a lot of your precious time.

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).

 

 
Pro
This product contains all
This is a diy kit
This diy kit needs professional skill
This product uses gold-plated output terminals
Con
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.

 

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

What are the risks of buying a vacuum tube online?

Nowadays, online shopping is completely safe. In fact, it might even be safer than regular shopping, since you do not have to leave your home to buy products you need. There is nothing dangerous in buying vacuum tube. After all, you can always get a refund if you will not like the model you bought or you received it in a malfunctioning condition.

 

 
№ 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.

 

 
Pro
Semi-set tube design
Small compact size & 2 x 6j9 j-grade tubes
High drive current
Sophisticated design
Low ground noise
Con
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; .

 

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

What is the average cost for a good vacuum tube?

The price of a vacuum tube should never be the determining factor. Even if you are able to afford the most expensive model, you might do not actually need it. vacuum tubein the average price range can cover all your needs and save you a few bucks at the same time.

What exactly did you take into consideration while making the list of the best vacuum tube?

We compared hundreds of various vacuum tube and chose TOP options with the best price/quality ratio. It was not easy, since manufacturers present new modes of vacuum tubeevery year. We made an unbiased review and used only important factors, such as prices, materials, weights, and many other things.

I am wondering if buying a vacuum tube online is safe

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.

Should I get a vacuum tube with 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.

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