26 Jul 2013
“It’s easy to build a tube amplifier, relatively speaking. I did it in high school electronics class. It played music and buzzed like hell, but it sounded fairly good compared to the JVC receiver my parents owned. There was just something unmistakably yummy about the way acoustic instruments and vocals sounded through my old-school AR speakers that hooked me on tubes forever.
It’s not so easy to build a great tube amplifier, though. I’ve got no skills in that arena. Many of today’s tube-amplifier manufacturers follow one of two paths: rebuild a classic from vintage era (1940’s and 1950’s) with good success, or embrace more modern technology and tubes to produce an amplifier with the best characteristics of legacy and current thinking. Put the EHF-200 MK2 from Rogers High Fidelity squarely in the latter camp.”