Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8
Are these amps for real or just a "hey, it *is* possible to make a tube amp for under $100" type of a piece? I'm a no-money college student and was shocked to see a feasible foray into tubes. Right now, I'm running a set of Paradigm Mini Mk-IIIs with a Phase Linear 400II power amplifier. (Talk about going to the exact opposite end of the amplification spectrum) Anyhow, these speakers aren't that efficient, but my room isn't that big (11x11 tops). According to the Phase Linear power meter (calibrated to 8-ohms, same as my speakers) I rarely listen to music at above .2 watts. Will the ASL amps deliver enough power? I know in a solid state amp the power supply is the usually the power limiting factor for continuous power and the cap bank more-or-less sets the instantaneous power limits. With tubes, isn't the tube itself the limit on power output? Are tubes capable of instantaneous power above their nominal ratings without terrible distortion?
Anyhow, how long have these ASL amps been available? You'd think everyone on the planet would be dying to review such inexpensive tube gear but I only found one pseudo-review.
Claremont McKenna College
Economics and Physics Class of 2002
Currently looking for a job in finance...