First foray into tube amplifiers need not be daunting. Low maintenance, affordable budget and yet still sounds great, Nobsound MS-10D MKII hybrid tube amplifier is a terrific choice to start with!
Nobsound has been a renown brand in the audiophile community for their super affordable but high performing audio products. MS-10D MKII has gathered majority of positive reviews worldwide for the great sound it produces, all without bursting a big hole in the wallet.
MS-10D MKII is a hybrid tube amp. Meaning to say, the sound output is not coming from the tubes, but from solid-state (SS) chips. The tubes on the amp only acts as buffer to the signal input, altering (or distorting, in tube amp terms) the sound slightly to give it that little ‘warmth’ or ‘tubey’ sound tube amps are famous before sending it to the SS chips for amplifying output. While the tubes do not participate in both pre-amping or output stage, tube-rolling the tubes still give sound signature changes.
Accepting 2x 6N1 and 2x 6P1 tubes, the equivalents of these tubes, while limited, are similarly affordable. Tube-rolling in this amp can be a fun and easy-on-the-wallet procedure in bringing the joy out of owning a tube amp, especially so if this being the first tube-related amp!
Bluetooth/USB model allows playing of music wirelessly streamed from bluetooth-enabled device, bringing the level of usage up from the usual interconnect mode of connection.
Presence of USB port also allows plugging in of thumbdrives with music stored inside to be played as well. The files are limited to WAV/FLAC/MP3/APE/WMA formats of 16Bit bitrate 48kHz sampling rate.
The headphone output on the front panel allows one to use it as a desktop headphone amp as well!
Output: 25W per channel with SS chip output
Frequency Response: 28Hz – 20kHz
Input sensitivity: 300mV
Input Impedance: 47kΩ
Output Impedance: 4Ω-16Ω
Inputs Modes: Analog RCA x2, USB and Bluetooth (for USB/Bluetooth model only)
Headphone out: Yes
Tube configuration: Beijing 6N1 x2, Shuguang 6P1 x2
Dimensions: (W) 270mm X (D) 312mm X (H) 150mm
Weight: 5 kg (gross)