Originally Posted by TheMoose
That was something I was wondering about.
Are tubes good for 7.1 (or whatever .1) or are they more for 2 channel audio?
Also do tube amps require tube pre/pros or can they be used with SS or my receiver?
Tubes can be used on whatever set-up you want. The problem with tube amps is that over time as the tube deteriorates, so goes the quality of sound. You can drop a good chunk of change replacing tubes as well. Also, the other big problem is serious heat dissipation.
Tubes are just not very practical for 5.1 or 7.1 HT.
Most people use them for 2 channel.
Tube amps also slightly taint the true sound of your source material, but some think it is in a good way. My favorite description of tube amp sound is "honey-baked-goodness."
Tube amps deliver a warm, rich sound that most people can easily hear especially when you A/B with solid state.
If you have not auditioned tube amps, I encourage you to do so. It's an experience well-worth having.