Who, do you think, designs the best looking tube-based devices?


The reason I chose specifically devices with tubes is because, in my opinion, it's much harder to design something good -not to mention gorgeous- looking with tubes and transformers sticking out.

From the ones that I know, which is not a lot, Airtight and Allnic designs stand out in my eyes. Shindo and Atma Sphere, on the other hand, do not look appealing at all. KT-Audio looks beautiful internally, whereas externally it's nothing special...yet?

I'm only asking about design, I don't care about sound :-)
audioinfidel
True alot of them look pretty much the same.
But I have a Dared130 take a look see.
Wow! That Dared does look very pretty! And look at Dared VP-99P! Dared MP-5BT not on the same level, but still nice/differently looking
Two distinctively different aesthetics that I happen to like both visually (and I don't own either) are Jadis ORCHESTRA Black and, probably more controversial, the Line magnetic LM-518IA in white with gold front panel.
Trafomatic NOA monoblocks 
Hi,
Hovland, Luxman, Pathos, Emille have nice designs.
Real men prefer Manley of course. 
Electronluv

and nothing else is even close.....it’s high art. it makes all the rest look.......boring.

Josh Stippich is a genius.

http://www.electronluv.com/
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I do like the Frankenstein lab look of a lot of tube gear out there but for me Audio Research still puts out some of the classiest looking tube gear.
Yes that Dared 130 looks good with cover on it ,that's how I keep it on my  stereo set up ,I have it hooked up with Sonus Farber Lutios there book shelf with black leather tops.When people come over they are really impressed .I have a Emotiva  3 cd player and Fluance rt85 tt hooked up.It puts out like 30 wpc.Plenty for the speakers. 
McIntosh and Quicksilver 
You can't have this conversation without mentioning Don Sachs. He builds some very attractive gear.

Oz



Aric Audio amps with the wooden enclosures
Airtight: there's something about the understated approach and that particular shade of gun-metal grey.
@twoleftears   beat me to it.  Airtight is gorgeous. +1
Really most of these look like all the rest....they look like they were taken out of a 60s Console Stereo .The guts.The Manley do but the model with the metal side handles look cool.The tube amps from Vincent look great the way he just took the Dyancos and made them look like pieces of Art.I have a Fisher 300 that's nice ,Harmon  Kardon  1000 the copper base is super nice ,Same with the Sherwood .But those Monster tube mono blocks with giant tubes look freaky...but for me it's to dangerous to just leave them out in the open on the floor.But I would take a Vincent or Dared 130 for a classy desk unit that sounds Great and looks Great.
Now, Luxman.

The Conrad Johnson Premiere 8 and 12 come to mind.

The Cary SLP 05
Unison Research
Real shame I've ever only found a way to have a CJ P10 pre in my system.

Best,
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Viva Audio Beautiful Italian design.
In my system the integrated sits front and center on the floor, where its hard to imagine anything looking better than this. 
https://www.ravenaudio.com/product/reflection-mk2/

My sensible side says Osprey but the emotional side keeps whispering, "Reflection."
I like the way tubes and transformers look! Lots of great looking gear mentioned Air Tight, Shindo, Leben, Atma-sphere, Electronluv, Luxman. I would add Wavac, Kondo, and vintage Marantz. I find stuff like Dared and Raven a touch too blingy for my tastes.
I like some of Don Garber’s (Fi) practical/sculptural designs as well as a couple of David Berning’s older "window display" models.

Also like the plain look (no exposed tubes) of the company (forget their name) currently manufacturing amps based upon David Berning’s less expensive designs.

Though SS the Dayens’ Amino amplifier reminds me of the amps mentioned in the above paragraph.

I liked my early Audion Silver Night 300B amp for it clean understated (half width) looks.

Eva Manley has manufactured some unusual (great looking) gear, but she’s into vintage/modern motor bikes, from what I gather, so I wouldn’t expect anything less.

VAC (Eva’s Ex?) also had a fully caged integrated (85 something I think) that I found attractive.

Aside from the plastic knobs (didn’t fare well over time) I like the later Dynaco PAS preamps with silver faceplates, SCA-35 integrated and the FM3 tuner for their clean/classic look (no need for exposed tubes).

Also, the Marantz 8 (with white dial meter) and Harmon Kardon’s II and V amps come to mind.

Hovland (who is local to me) has a very, very good eye, but the addition of Blue lights killed it somewhat - for me anyway.

Leak and Quad also produced attractive vintage gear.

The tube gear in my setup is awful looking, but as it’s located on the other side of the speaker wall (in a hallway closet) so it’s no big whoop.

Seems I’m all over the map as far as HiFi gear goes, but as far as women (woman) I settled/cemented on Black Irish in the early 90’s and have never regretted it (good Black Irish don’t crack - as the saying goes).

DeKay
I really like the design of Audio Research top tier line stage & amp. Additionally LTA. Can’t recall the name of the pre that is used to test for Devore Speakers though it looks brutal in a flattering way. 
Everything else mentioned prior. I agree whole heartedly. 
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but Decware makes some good looking gear as well as Line Magnetic. 
The best looking tube gear in my opinion is made by Emotive Audio Design.  The Erato and Epifania preamps especially.
Aries Cerat.
Any product, including DACs
Raven Audio Reflection MK2
Ahh, Emotive Audio. Beautiful.


To Me?
In this order:

Audio Research
Luxman
McIntosh
Vinnie Rossi L2i Signature Edition integrated. 
Out of my price range, but I want it.
Like some Art Deco, Electronluv is designed for museums.
And worthy of them! I will never learn how they sound & wonder
if anyone even cares.
Classe and Macintosh and Dynaco
It is an interesting question.   I’ve been having an ongoing discussion with the manager of my local store with respect to a couple of distribution opportunities they may have.   They carry some pretty high-end stuff, so clientele tends to look not only for performance, but also aesthetics (true “statement pieces”, if you will).  
If I name my 3 best looking designs, he would say they were the 3 least appealing to his eyes (and vice versa).  He’s more of a “bling” guy (think Jadis, CJ, etc), whereas I tend to like the simple but somewhat unusual (OMA, NAT (especially the Magma), Allnic and VAC).  We have the same ongoing debate about TTs (he loves the stuff that looks like a spaceship; whereas my tastes tend towards the VPI Classic, Thorens, Garrard).

Unfortunately for me, I have two 150+ pound slobbering, shedding mutts who don’t allow me to have pretty and/or fragile things on or near the floor.  So, I have to do with big ugly boxes, the heat generated from which keeps them at least 6 feet away.  


Seconding VAC and Pathos.


Do not feel any tube products are not things of beauty.
VAC is a true looker.
Dennis Had...I had to say it...heh heh. But for me it's true, and I do care about sound as the design of anything that doesn't work (except maybe Frank Loyd Wright's leaky roofs) often kills the vibe and with it the esthetic.
Rogers high fidelity-That Red

Mc275 amp

Shindo Cortese-That Green


Mcintosh MC2152 70th anniversary model and the CJ MV series look pretty cool to me.
Supratek Cabernet Dual w/ 101D-tubes is a thing of beauty imho.

https://6moons.com/audioreviews/supratek3/dualcabernet.html