There are very good stereo receivers that can easily surpass more current and expensive stereo receivers..Better build quality, no cutting corners for mass production..Tubes just give you a different sound over solid state..Usually warmer, sweet and lush, full bodied notes, more weight to the music..And other audiophile code words..And you can choose your sound depending on the tubes..More detail..Warmth..smooth..musical. etc.whats going on here? i see people with speakers 1k$++ using really old receivers....some with tubes sticking out. some made in 1970's...is there any advantages to use them? do they sound better?
Yeah, real craftmanship in those days..Something you can marvel at, easily justifying your purchase..My 1,200 Yammy V1800 doesn't come close to the aesthetic you described.. In audio, older is better..Some of the best speakers were made in the 50's-70's. No outsourcing for cheap labor and shotty quality control issues.The typical explanation for why people prefer tubes over solid state is harmonic distortion. From a scientific perspective, vacuum tubes can't surpass the pure, crystalline quality of solid state components, but tubes also add elements of pleasing harmonic distortion. Harmonic distortion, in the right "quantities", can improve "musicality".
Now, I've had a couple of mid-70's Marantz solid state receivers and, if you ask me, they absolutely rival most any other integrated receiver in the sub-$500 market for less than $200. Not only that, but they have an amazing vintage aesthetic -- brushed steel face, steel knobs, warm blue dial lights and wooden enclosures. Just beautiful, beautiful things. They're simply fun to look at while enjoying music, and that seems to somehow improve the listening experience.