What is the Best Vacuum Tube 2018 Ultimate Buying Guide and Reviews

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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.

The current market offers thousands of various vacuum tube. It is really hard to choose the best one from such a big selection. To speed up the process of buying a vacuum tube, feel free to use the list with out picks.

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).

 

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

 

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

Should I get a vacuum tube with a lifetime warranty?

Every manufacturer offer various warranty terms. Some companies sell vacuum tubewith a lifetime warranty, while the others only offer one-year or two-year protection. The cheapest models usually do not have any warranties at all. We think that five-year warranty is more than enough for the most vacuum tube.

 

 
№ 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.

 

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

 

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

Are new vacuum tubesupposed to be expensive?

The best vacuum tubeare not always the most expensive. However, the bigger the price is — the better the quality of a product. This rule is also applies to vacuum tube, so if you want to get a good model we recommend you to not be too stingy.

What do I have to do in order 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.

What are your reviews based on?

In order to create this buying guide, our team had to go through hundreds of user reviews and compare dozens of vacuum tube models and brands. Finding the best vacuum tube nowadays is a hard task: the selection on the market is so high that you would have to spend months to study all available options. Thankfully, our TOP list will help you find a good vacuum tube much quicker!

How long is the minimum warranty period for an average vacuum tube?

We recommend all our readers to buy vacuum tubewith at least the two-year long warranty period. This is the optimal term for an average vacuum tube. Instead of overpaying for a lifetime warranty, save the money to buy a new vacuum tube later.

What should be the warranty period for a good vacuum tube?

If you do not want to buy a new vacuum tube or spend your money every time it malfunctions, consider a model with a good warranty period. Otherwise, you will have to waste a lot of resources to repair or replace it.

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