Best advice I can give you: Find an appropriate recepticle and dispose of the tubed EFX unit.
Isn't the point of tube amps to add distortion to make the sound 'pleasant'?
That's the claim that is often made by tube advocates.It is easy to deconstruct.
Even a tube amp can handle line-level amplification without adding audible distortion. It's just not that difficult.
Of course, an inexpensive solid state amp would do the job cheaper, smaller, and with MUCH less power consumption and heat generation.
A tube DAC is especially laughable because the DAC itself is almost certainly solid state, and the USB circuitry is definitely solid state.
A tube would only provide the last stage of amplification, a function that the DAC chip itself could probably perform quite well without any help.
Quote from: Arnold B. Krueger on 06 July, 2012, 07:04:20 AMThat's the claim that is often made by tube advocates.It is easy to deconstruct.What claim are you refuting? That tube amps add distortion,
or that it sounds pleasant?
I've never heard anyone deny the former, and the latter is a matter of taste. I guess I misunderstand what you mean.
I didn't mean to cherry-pick or avoid anything. I didn't know that tube amps were likely to be transparent. Thanks for the clarification.