These days it seems every audio manufacturer is releasing something with tubes. You can even find tube amps for your car and iPod. Before the transistor revolution in the 1950s, tubes were a sonic necessity. They were bulky, hot, and required frequent replacement. They were also magical. The soft yellow glow from the back of the family radio cheerfully illuminated living rooms around the world, and many old-timers argue the sound was smoother.
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