$750 Stereo System with Vacuum Tube Amp and Bluetooth

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This stereo system combines the warm sound of vacuum tube audio with the wireless convenience of Bluetooth. Sound like a contradiction? Read on.


Neuhaus Laboratories T-1 Amplifier

Amplifier: Neuhaus Laboratores T-1 Integrated Hybrid Vacuum Tube Amplifier with Bluetooth, $499

In the past I have written about the $799 Neuhaus Laboratories T-2 vacuum tube amplifier with USB connection. The recently introduced Neuhaus Laboratories T-1 is a hybrid design that combines transistors and vacuum tubes to provide warm tube sound in a smaller package, selling for $499.

The T-1 has two analog connections, an optical digital connection, USB and built-in Bluetooth. Pair your iPad, iPhone or other Bluetooth device with the T-1, and you can wirelessly stream music to your system from wherever you are in the room. You will have both a remote control and a media server in the palm of your hand. Of course, you can connect your computer to the USB port as well. See the T-1 at http://www.neuhauslabs.com/.

Arx A1 Bookshelf Speakers

Speakers: In my office I use a Neuhaus Laboratories T-2 with Arx speakers from The Audio Insider, finding them to be a match made in heaven. The exotic leaf tweeters of the Arx sing when combined with vacuum tube amplification. I can’t think of a better match for the T-1, and the Arx A1 bookshelf speakers sell for only $249 at  www.theaudioinsider.com.

Many would consider this elegantly simple mix of high tech and retro complete at $748.  If you want to listen to the radio, either stream Internet radio from the Bluetooth device or add the Sony XDRF1HD tuner for $99. Want vinyl?  The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB will plug right in for $199.98, or you can go up to the $499 Pro-ject Debut III USB  for something a bit more audiophile.

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