Why do tube amps sound better loud?
Because valve/tube amps have an output transformer causes the amp to have a ‘high output impedance’.
This is a form of distortion, as the speaker is not following exactly the signal the amplifier is feeding to the speaker.
This is the only reason a tube amp ‘can’ sound louder than a elderly transistor amp design..
Are tube amps noisy?
While it’s perfectly normal for a tube amplifier to produce fairly significant amounts of noise (especially when compared to a solid state amp) there are several reasons an amp can produce extraneous noise. The difficult part is determining which is which and how much is too much.
Is a 15 watt tube amp loud?
Wrap Up. Long story short, a 15-watt tube amp can be loud enough for gigs, and can go even farther when you use a mic and a monitor/sound reinforcement system. As for practicing at home, you can use a 15-watt tube amp’s volume controls to find a sweet spot for whatever room you’re in.
Do attenuators degrade sound quality?
Attenuators can reduce the input impedance of the amp and that could affect sound quality. However, a signal that is too loud could also have been overloading the input to the amp and that might have thickened the sound up a bit…
Are tube amps really better?
It all comes down to what you want and what you consider “better”. Tube amps are “better” than SS because they naturally distort at higher volumes and have more individual “character”, but they’re heavy, more fragile than SS, and can sometimes be too heavy for their own good.