10 Best Tube Headphone Amps Of 2022 – Review And Buying Guide

Finding the best tube headphone amps that will meet all your needs can be a bit of a challenge, even for the most seasoned expert. While many companies still create good tube headphone ampss, the market has turned its attention toward advanced models that carry higher price points.

In our quest to find the most suitable models, we focused on features like comfort, adjustability, and durability. We recommend you take a close look at each product we listed here and see the features you need for your personal use.

Keep reading to learn more…

Top 10 tube headphone amps : Editor’s Pick

10 Best tube headphone amps Reviews:

1. Fosi Audio P2 Headphone Amplifier Vacuum Tube Headphone Amp Mini Hi-Fi Stereo Audio with Low Ground Noise Output Protection

Features :

  • ❤Excellent sound performance: Low ground noise, built-in output protect circuit, no buzzing or ringing noise, Audiophile-level sound quality, exclusively designed for the customers who pursue HiFi sound; and safe for your expensive headphones.
  • ❤Stereo and Preamplify: Headphones amp also can be used as stereo preamp, Parallel 3.5mm and RCA stereo inputs, 6.35mm headphone output, include a 6.35mm to 3.5mm adapter.
  • ❤High-performance: P2 is a Hi-Fi tube headphone amp, 2 X 6K4 J-Grade tubes can easily power high-performance headphones including the HD580, HD600, HD650, K701, K702, Q701, and many more, recommend 32-600ohm headphones.
  • ❤Easy replace tube: Tubes can be replaced by 6j1/6J4/GE5654/6AK5/6*1n/ E180F/6ж9П/EF861/6688 tubes etc.
  • ❤Exquisite appearance: Small Compact Size, All aluminum alloy shell and come with a 18-month manufacturer’s warranty.

Additional Info :

Item Dimensions
Weight 0.551155655

2. AIYIMA Tube T6 PRO Bluetooth 5.0 Tube Preamplifier Hi-Fi Headphone Amp Vacuum Tube Preamp for Home Audio Amplifier Wireless Receiver Audio Decoder Preamp PC-USB DAC APTX

Features :

  • Multiple audio input methods,It Support Bluetooth 5.0/PC-USB/RCA inputs from various devices like iPod, Phone, MP3, TV, DVD players, laptop, desktop computer or other streaming media players etc.,It’s a nice vacuum Headphone tube preamp exclusively designed for the customers who pursue HiFi sound!
  • Tube T6 PRO be used as a headphone tube preamplifier,Can Enjoy high-quality lossless music at any time,RCA/3.5mm headphone output(With priority),RCA output to the powered speaker,amplifier & passive speaker,Headphone output is suitable for 16~300Ω headphones and headset
  • QCC3008 Bluetooth 5.0,Support APT-X,APT-X LL lossless transmission,Signal transmission faster and stable,let your enjoy the HiFi sound!
  • Adopt 6Ж1п-EB tube vacuum design for easy replacement(such as 6J1, 6J2, 6AK5, 6AK5W, 6F31 ,6BA6, 6K4п, GE5654, 6Ж1п,etc)provide warm retro tube sound,With independent gain adjustment design for treble and bass

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 1.18
Width 5.04
Length 5.12
Weight 1.212542441

3. Fosi Audio T20 Bluetooth Tube Amplifier Stereo Receiver 2 Channel Class D Digital Mini Hi-Fi Power Amp Preamp Compact Integrated Headphone Amplifier for Home Passive Speakers with 6J4 Vacuum Tubes

Features :

  • QCC3031 wireless Bluetooth 5.0 core support aptX and aptX HD, Streaming range up to 39ft(12m), with Bluetooth and AUX selector, no pop when Bluetooth connecting;
  • 50W RMS X 2 power output(4 ohms, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.04% THD), built-in speakers protection circuit, best for outdoor/ bookshelf/ computer/ desktop /ceiling /floor standing speakers, can use iPod, Phone, MP3 players, TV, Echo Dot, CD players, or Streaming Media players as input;
  • Adopt 2 x 6J4 tubes to get clear audio sound, tubes can be replaced by 6K4, 6J1, GE5654, 6AK5, 6ж1П, 6BC5, 403A/B, EF40, EF95 and so on, with headphone output for 16-64ohm headphones.
  • Small simple compact design but practical and powerful, Hi-Fi Bluetooth amplifier receiver exclusively designed for the customers who pursue HiFi sound;
  • Power amp + Headphone amp, perfectly suited for your desktop or a smaller space in your home or office, digital amplifier is easy to connect to your audio system with no software to install or settings to change;

Additional Info :

Item Dimensions
Height 1.3
Width 3.86
Length 5.06
Weight 2.20462262

4. Little Dot MK2 MKII 6J1 X 2 6N6 X 2 Tube Standard Hybrid Headphone Headphone Amp Pre-Amp Tube Amplifier (MKII)

Features :

  • Little Dot MKII greatly increases sound quality, dynamic range, output impedance, and harmonic distortion
  • Little Dot MKII also gains the driver tube-rolling options from the rest of the MK-series with the ability to roll 6JI, WE403A/B, GE5654, M8100, CV4010, EF95, etc at its factory jumper setting, and with jumper pins shorted, EF92, CV131, and all equivalents and drop-in replacements

Additional Info :

Color MKII
Item Dimensions
Height 4.2125984209
Width 4.330708657
Length 8.661417314
Weight 4.40924524
Release Date 2018-09-01T00:00:01Z

5. Nobsound NS-08E Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier Hi-Fi Valve Headphone Amp Stereo Audio Preamplifier

Features :

  • NS-08E is a Hi-Fi tube headphone amp. It can offer >=1100mW at 32Ω and can drive 18~600 ohm headphones & headsets.
  • New version adopts 6J3 vacuum & valve tube, which has warmer tube sound and more replaceable tubes.
  • Upgrade circuit can ensure lower background noise, more powerful bass and more brilliant treble.
  • It can also be used as a stereo preamplifier for other amplifiers and active speakers. For better preamp function, we recommend NS-10P (ASIN: B07719G56B).
  • CNC Aluminum shell with super mini size. Very solid workmanship. Prompt and courteous customer service. For any questions, please contact us on Amazon.

6. P1 Bluetooth 5.0 GE5654 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier Hi-Fi Valve Headphone Amplifier Wireless Receiver Audio Decoder Preamp USB DAC APTX-HD [Upgrade]

Features :

  • Douk Audio P1 Preamp has been acclaimed by countless audiophiles worldwide, now we upgrade 6J5 to JAN5654 / GE5654 tubes according to many audiophiles’ feedback, the sound quality will be greatly improved.
  • With 3 kinds of audio input(Bluetooth/USB/RCA) and 2 kinds of output(RCA/3.5mm headphone), P1 can be used as HiFi tube Preamp, USB DAC or headphone amp with HiFi clear, warm, dynamic, sweet tube sound, bringing extremely high-quality listening experience.
  • Bluetooth 5.0 (QCC3034) supporting APTX-HD lossless transmission. PC-USB (CM6642) supporting 24bit 192KHz and compatible with Windows/Mac/Linux system, matching well with many audio devices such as iPod, Phone, MP3 players, TV, Blu-ray players, Echo Dot, CD players, etc.
  • Adopting NE5532 op amp+classic 47 headphone amp architecture which can drive 32-300 ohms headphones, and a bypass switch is specially designed to turn on/off the tone control, more convenient to enjoy original sound or obtain more delicate sound with treble and bass control knob, adding much fun and higher playability.
  • Exquisite appearance with proper size, blue and orange light decorating vacuum tube, makes it fashionable and attractive, bringing wonderful auditory and visual enjoyment, very suitable for home and desktop audio system.

7. Willsenton R8 KT88/EL34 x4 Tube Integrated AMP Power Amplifier Headphone (Silver)

Features :

  • One amplifier can used wiht tube EL34, KT88 or 6550, so, you can get 3 kinds of sound from different models tubes. The default matching tubes of this machine is KT88. If you need another 2 new sets of tube, please purchase in addition. There is a Red selection button on the Back of the amp to switch.
  • Pure hand-made, the whole machine is welded with scaffolding.
  • Can be used as an Integrated amplifier, power amplifier or Headphone amplifier
  • Triode and ultra-linear selection are available, which can be switched by the button on the amplifier. With a remote control,Vacuum tube protective cover,Fuse and an English manual.
  • We recommend that you spend 100-300 hours to RUN-IN this amplifier to get a better sound. Generally, you could get a better and stable sound after 100 hours, and you could get the best sound after accumulating more than 300 hours.

Additional Info :

Color Silver
Item Dimensions
Height 20.078740137
Width 11.81102361
Length 19.68503935

8. Willsenton R8 KT88/EL34 x4 Tube Integrated AMP Power Amplifier Headphone (Black)

Features :

  • One amplifier can used wiht tube EL34, KT88 or 6550, so, you can get 3 kinds of sound from different models tubes. The default matching tubes of this machine is KT88. If you need another 2 new sets of tubes, please purchase in addition. There is a Red selection button on the Back of the amp to switch.
  • Pure hand-made, Point to point manual welding.
  • Willsenton R8 is an integrated Amplifier, it is a Power Amplifier too (there is a group Power amp input), it is a Headphones amp too.
  • Triode and ultra-linear selection are available which can be switched by the button on the amplifier
  • With a remote control,Vacuum tube protective cover,Fuse and an English manual.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 20.078740137
Width 11.81102361
Length 19.68503935

9. Linsoul XDUOO MT-602 6J1 Tube Transistor Headphone Amplifier Pre-Amplifier with Volume Control

Features :

  • 【Tube + Transistor Hybrid Amplifier】XDUOO MT-602 adopts 6J1 tube for pre-amp and transistors for class-A buffer. The front tube amplifier and rear transistor combine the advantages of two amplifier circuits to achieve the ideal sound effect and make you immersed in the happy atmosphere of music
  • 【Compact Portable Headphone Amplifier】As it adopts transistors for buffer, strong output power up tp 1300mW, can easily drive many kind of headphones. Moreover, designed with palm size(12*7.8*4cm), it’s easy to carry everywhere for real-time HiFi music experience
  • 【Professional Capacitance】Apart from adopting the special enthusiast Japanese ELNA capacitance as the coupling capacitance to present have transparent and sweet sound, it also adopts the special enthusiast Japanese RUBYCON capacitance as the main filter capacitance to reach smooth and warm sound, and splendid high frequency.
  • 【Volume Control, AUX In/Out】This model is designed with one line output, through the tube, and controlled by volume. lt can be used as the Pre-amplifier of all kinds of audio amplifier or active speaker, and improve the sound quality of audio amplifier or active speaker. If you have any questions while using, please feel free to contact us.
  • 【Matte Surface, Aluminum Alloy Shell】MT-602 is more than it’s amazing features, it is exquisitely built as well. Follow the modern minimalism design, it’s crafted with simple elegant look with matte surface, made of aluminum alloy. You will truly explore the beauty of it when you hold it and enjoy HiFi music

Additional Info :

Color Gold
Item Dimensions
Weight 0.8377565956

10. Nobsound Little Bear FU32(832A) Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier ; Mini HiFi Stereo Preamp

Features :

  • Not only as a headphone amplifier, compatible with wide impedance range(12-200Ω), but also as a preamp for your other power amplifier, convenient and efficient to improve sound quality.
  • 1*3.5 mm stereo jack input, can be connected to computer, CD, mobile phone and lossless player. 2*3.5 mm output can also be connected to digital amplifiers and active multimedia audio devices.
  • Default Beijing FU32 vacuum tube, can be upgraded to GU-32/832; Default NE5532 op amp, can be upgraded to OPA2604, JRC4558, OPA2132, OP275 and so on for enjoying different tones.
  • Mini size with attractive appearance, compact design makes it suitable for desktop audio system.

Additional Info :

Item Dimensions
Weight 0.7054792384

Buying Guide: What to Consider When Select tube headphone amps

Price

How much should you expect to spend on a product like this? Is it a one-off cost, or is there some kind of recurring element?

When it comes to tube headphone amps, a great value can come in many different forms. It could be a lower price, impeccable construction, and design, or higher durability. We’ll cover all of these different factors below, where we’re sharing our top picks for the best tube headphone amps for the money. We’ll go over everything consumers should know to get a great value out of their tube headphone amps!

Durability 

The phrase “people get what they pay for” is especially true when it comes to tube headphone amps. The range in durability from person to person can be pretty substantial depending on the materials used in the construction. If someone saves $100 on a tube headphone amps, but it wears out in 1 month, are they really getting a good value?

Compare that to a tube headphone amps that costs $50 more but wears out after 1 or 2 years. Most people would argue that the second option is the better deal over the long term. Before purchasing, you should consider how long you want to have the tube headphone amps and then read reviews to make sure you know how long you can expect it to last.

Consider Where You Purchase 

 

A vast majority of people now buy their tube headphone amps online rather than going to a brick-and-mortar physical location. That’s largely because online shopping offers greater convenience, and many brick-and-mortar stores can be confusing when it comes to their models, pricing, and types.

While people can’t try out an online tube headphone amps the way they can in a store, brands often come with generous trials. These allow people to try out the tube headphone amps for a while and return it if they’re unhappy.

In addition, many online tube headphone amps are more affordable than their in-store counterparts, because they have less overhead and have cut out the middlemen to pass savings directly to the consumer. If you purchase online, make sure to check to see if they will have to pay extra for shipping or not. A lot of the new companies offer free shipping, but not all.

Types of tube headphone amps

Before even thinking about all the different tube headphone amps available,  You should choose the product types that will be ideal for your task.

Design

Choosing a product based on a design that people will love can be tough. Just because you might like the look and style of it, doesn’t mean it’s the best. Below are some steps you can follow that I’ve used in the past when making decisions on which product designs to choose. Today, a lot of e-commerce sites have the same products. Naturally, it means people use product photos and videos to find the best item. Some of the tips in this article will help you choose or design a successful product.

  • Dimensions. How big are these products?
  • Materials. What are they made from? Is there an advantage to choosing one material over another?
  • Generic characteristics. What sort of features do products in this category include?
  • Product-specific functionality. Do certain products have key characteristics that others don’t? 
  • “Vs.” comparisons. Wireless or wired? Portable or desktop? Metal or wood? These are the key A/B-style decisions typically made early in the buying process.

The Verdict

Finally, we hope that our reviews about these tube headphone ampss will help you to choose your ideal product available on the maker. The question remains, how many of these tube headphone amps will you use and how often? Some manufacturers come out with newer tube headphone amps every few months. This is because they know that people want the better tube headphone amps. It’s all a matter of choice and your budget. The good news is that the features of good tube headphone amps tend to trickle down in price. If you start off with a cheaper version, chances are you can afford the more advanced versions of it a few months later.

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