Tubes and heat...

I currently live in Northern California which has a fairly moderate climate. It is not too hot or too cold; however it does get hot enough in the summer where the heat of tubes will make you want to run outside. The other day I sat in my listening room relaxing to some tunes and fell asleep. I woke up about an hour later soaking wet from sweat. To make things worse, I may be moving to an area like Arizona which makes me squirm at the thought of having my tube amp on in the summer.

I have a Decware TORII that I really love. My setup currently has around 12 tubes heating up a small listening room. I could turn up the AC, but get this, it is noisey. Yes, it makes enough noise that it is a bother during quiet passages. Is there a way that I could direct the tube heat out the door without having to physically changing the structure of the room?

What to do?

Showing 1 response by newbee

Sure, put it all in a closet and the vent the closet to the outside. Done all the time with upscale home theater systems, why not 2 channel audio.

Get a small "summer amp". I have a 4 EL34 tube amp, and a Muse SS amp as well, that I will use.

Another way to manage the problem might be to over-cool your room before critical listing, while wearing your artic clothing of course, then turn off the AC, and, as things warm up gradually, strip off your clothes layer by layer until you are thru listening. Please be sure to keep you window blinds closed for your neighbors sake. :-)