The Symphonic Designs Tube Amplifier has a classic steampunk look to it, with the sound quality that anyone who has heard tube amps before would expect.  Combine that with Bluetooth and an iPod dock in addition to RCA and banana plugs have you have nice meld of old and new.  The sound won’t be terribly loud; it is rated at 18W, but that amount of power satisfied Techware Labs.

“For the high end audio enthusiast the holy grail has always been vacuum tubes. Nothing else is capable of producing as clear or powerful sound. We take a look at the Symphonic Designs Vacuum Tube Amplifier which mates old with new in its design which integrates an iPod dock and even bluetooth. Do we like this “lifestyles of the rich and famous” priced amplifier? Or do we think it needs some more refinement?”

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