Power Tube FAQ: EL84, EL34, and 6L6

power tube faqHave you been scratching your head about EL84, EL34, and 6L6 Power Amp Tubes? Well, our most frequently asked questions about them are answered here.

Power tube FAQ: What are power tubes?

The first power tube FAQ, of course, is about what they are. Also known as an output tube, a power tube is an electrical component, very similar to a transistor, that is built inside of a vacuum-sealed glass tube. Inside the glass tube are a filament, an anode, and a cathode.

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Power Tube Differences: EL84, EL34, & 6L6

The Power Tube: Differences Between EL84, EL34, & 6L6

Power tubes can have a dramatic effect on your amplifier’s sound. At low volumes, the difference between one tube and another can be difficult to distinguish; for many listeners, it’s almost not worth talking about. Once you start to push a little air, however, your amplifier will show off what it can do and the power tube will display its individual characteristics more.

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