There's something about tube amps that just make them all the more cooler than your run-the-mill digital receiver. Perhaps it has something to do with how unbelievably steampunk they look, or maybe some of us are just curious how well analog sounds with our new media players. Whatever it is, there seems to be a market out there as high-end audio makers seem to be churning these out a lot this year. We've rounded up a few standout products... just be ready when the HiFi price tag hits.
The set featured above is the Logic 3's Valve80. It comes with a pair of bookshelf speakers in black piano and is pushed by a tube amp that outputs 40 watts per channel. You can grab it for $488.
This 2B Tube Amp radio can be easily turned into an all-purpose kitchen stereo with a Y-converter to your iPod and output to some old stereo speakers. Announcements on price can be found on their site.
The Acoustic Research AV1000 Tabletop Radio with iPod Dock has everything built right into it. It's cheaper, costing only $145.
Better yet, turn it into a DIY project using Peter's own directions provided here at Unplggd.