#1
Ok, so I heard a lot of people say that, for example, a 50 watt tube amp is louder than a 50 watt SS amp. But how much louder would the tube be compared to the SS?
#2
Its not louder, but it SOUNDS louder, I'd say it sounds about two or three times louder and better than SS
#3
The thing i've always heard is take the amount of watts a tube amp is and multiply it by 3, and that's how loud a SS amp is in comparison to a tube amp. I don't know if this is true, and it sounds kinda stupid.
#4
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Its not louder, but it SOUNDS louder, I'd say it sounds about two or three times louder and better than SS



OK, so it would sound somewhere around a 100 watt SS?
#5
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The thing i've always heard is take the amount of watts a tube amp is and multiply it by 3, and that's how loud a SS amp is in comparison to a tube amp. I don't know if this is true, and it sounds kinda stupid.

got it backwards, I think.
#6
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Ok, so I heard a lot of people say that, for example, a 50 watt tube amp is louder than a 50 watt SS amp. But how much louder would the tube be compared to the SS?


It could sound from 100watts-150watts.
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#7
it's not just "x3" or anything like that, it's an exponential ratio. A 30 watt tube amp might sound as loud as a 90watt ss, but a 100watt tube amp might sound louder than a 300 watt ss. or visa versa ( not sure which way its exponential)
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#8
Im pretty sure tubes are 2.5 times louder than SS, but its not actual volume, its just more harmonics and frequencies SS amps dont pick up.
#10
It all depends on the amp we're talking about. Different tube amps have different classes. The most common are Class A and class A/B. A class A tube basically runs hotter then a class A/B tube and in turn will sound louder.

there is no set standard for amp watts to volume. As a general rule of thumb a tube amp sound twice as loud as a solid state amp at the same wattage.
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5 watts class A=30W SS.
15W class A= 100W SS
5 watts class A=10W class A/B
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