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USB Speaker Looks Like a Vacuum Tube Amp, but Sure Doesn’T Sound Like One

by Paul Strauss

While this thing certainly looks like some sort high-end audiophile device, it’s actually a cheap desktop speaker for your computer that’s just masquerading as a schmancy tube amp.


Created by Japan’s Hanwha, the tube look-a-like speaker plugs into the USB port and audio jack on your computer, and lights up in a cool blue when powered on. Now don’t expect tube-amp quality sound from this thing – it only cranks out an anemic 0.35W per channel, and frequency range is spec’d at just 100Hz to 10kHz. Hoo-boy. I think my old Sony Walkman can do more than that through its headphones. Good thing it only costs ¥2,280 (appx. $25 USD).

So now that I’ve got you all excited to buy one,  you’ll have to head on over to Japan’s Rakuten if you want one of these. I think I’ll stick with my slightly less crappy computer speakers for now.

[via AV Watch]

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Comments (1):

  1. Aw, boy. Thought I’d pioneer into the world of fake tube amps. I’m building myself a similar DIY attachment with four fake plastic Westinghouse-capped “hot bottles” that will glow orange hot inside thanks to red & orange LED lighting, on the top of a portable cube MP3 digital radio set w/a decent integrated power drive amp and a subwoofer enhancer. Japs keep stealing my ideas with their mind-reading satellites, but they get it all wrong…

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