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New Aopen Board with vacuum tube for sound?!?

By SuperCheetah ยท 4 replies
Jun 4, 2002
  1. Anyone else seen this??? Seems a bit overkill but a nice idea.
    Anyone know how respected this company is or if their boards are any good?
  2. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 980

    AOpen is a major Taiwanese manufacturer, the parent company for Acer, & has been around for as long as I can remember.

    Vacuum tubes disapeared w/ the invention of transistors. Only Audiophiles (sound geeks) would truly be interrested. Back in the days of vinyl lp's (b-4 CD's) true audiophiles said they could tell the difference between tubes & transistors; painted & unpainted recievers. Now the only thing turntables are used for is to scratch records.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    This one vacuum tube may be just a marketing trick, but these old fashioned tubes
    produce a different (maybe not so 'perfect') sound that many people prefer to sterile perfectly-matched chip-produced signals.

    You know, analog magnetic tape is still used in studios to give music this extra touch, so it would not sound too 'technical'.
  4. T-Shirt

    T-Shirt TS Rookie Posts: 289

    When are they bringing back punchcards?;)
    Can't see adding all the heat, and frailty of a vacuum tube.
    But there is a gimmick for every market:rolleyes:
  5. T-Shirt

    T-Shirt TS Rookie Posts: 289

    Seems like digital sound could be modified, to produce this effect.
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