Norh SE9 or Jolida tube intergrated.....

any thoughts on these cost effective tubies...maybe antique sound labs as well? thanks...
It will be hard to compare the SE9 to the Jolida since they use totally different approaches. The SE9 is a SET low power tube and the Jolida is PP higher power. I haven't heard the Se9 but the Jolida 202 and 502 sound very good for the price. So do the Antique sound labs Orchid and 1003 (SET and PP respectively). I would recommend any of these 4 as long as care is taken in choosing the speakers they are paired with (especially the SETs which would work well with Omega speakers BTW ;). Arthur
FYI, The SE9 is NOT a SET amp. I believe it is a single ended amp running in Pentode mode (SEP). This had been discussed at length on the HarmonicDiscord Site.


I stand corrected. I think actually that the Orchid is the same way (a SEP). Either way, a single-ended amp will have different requirements than a push-pull, which was my main point. Overall, I would probably go with Antique Sound labs for low cost tubes. Their sound and build seems to be of super high value and I am planning on getting one soon. Arthur