Have 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 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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