This little push-pull amplifier is powered by four El-34B tubes that work great right out of the box. The SRPP preamp circuit produces a wider frequency response with less distortion than similar units, and this model adopts a ultralinear push-pull circuit that works to produce more power so you can push low frequencies. The output transformer is made in Japan to the highest standards using audio-specific silicon steel sheets (0.35mm thick).
This unit also features high-intensity enameled wire that works to ensure a bright treble, deep bass, and wider frequency response. Plus, this model adopts audio-grade Electrolysis and Philips MKP AC capacitor to make for a low-noise, quiet background for all of your tracks. And, did I mention this unit is durable?
- This is a minimalist, high-fidelity amp.
- Good out-of-the-box, even better with a new set of tubes!
- A wide open and very airy sound stage where every instrument has its place.
- Nothing sounds muddy, you’ll love the output of this amp.
Take it out of the box and plug it in, that’s really the first and only step you need to take with this unit in order to instantly improve the sound quality of your setup. It’s worth giving the stock tubes a listen to see what your ear thinks, and many people have chosen to keep them in place for good. However, if you choose to swap them out, you can make this amp even better suited to your needs.
As of figuring out the settings on this amp, there is very little effort you need to put in. A basic user manual is included, but it’s unlikely you’ll even need to flip through the pages to understand the controls and what they do. This design was meant to be intuitive, functional, and great looking, and Gemtune has achieved all of those goals. It’s one of the few truly plug-and-go units on the market right now.
Just spend a few minutes with this amp and you’ll begin seeing the high attention to detail that Gemtube has paid to making this unit the best in its class. Most amps in the price range only have a single input, but this one features three line-level inputs. With these extra jacks, this amp becomes significantly more useful as the hub of your sound system. You can connect a DAC and phono stage, along with having one more available input for anything you’d like to add later.
Conservatively speaking, this amp should be rated at 8 to 10 watts per channel. If you have compatible speakers, you can expect a great deal of clean volume to be pumped out from this little unit even with just about 10 watts of power. In other words, don’t let the small size fool you. This amp is very capable and suitable for all kinds of hobbyist setups.
It’s worth plugging this amp in right out of the box and seeing if you like the sound of the stock tubes. You may find yourself replacing them with a set that you know and like better, but many reviewers have chosen to leave them as-is, which speaks to their construction. “The sound quality for music is better than some more expensive solid-state gear I use for a home theater.”
The presentation is the main thing that is receiving criticism in the review section on Amazon. For instance, one reviewer pointed out that the packaging was scarce, but things still arrived in good condition. Additionally, the user manual is very “bare bones” but reviewers state it isn’t really needed whatsoever.
With these things in mind, the amp is a definite winner if you’re on the market for a push-pull amplifier. “ The sound was clear and round. I have Polk audio bookshelf speakers and i was really surprised at how good the amp sounded.”
You can achieve the desired sound by making sure your speakers and sources are high-quality. This amp is not (or no amp, for that matter) is capable of turning a low-quality source and speaker system into something that sounds good. Treat this as a high-quality part of your high-quality setup, and make sure every component in your setup is able to stand on its own. If you do that, you’ll love this amp!