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The Tubecore DUO Vintage Style Audio Centre!
While many people would be thinking that new audio equipment should look like it could be at home on the bridge of the USS Enterprise starship, there is a new market opening up where the actual audio equipment is state of the art, but the exterior has the look of yesteryear. This is exactly where the DUO from Tubecore fits into the audio market. The DUO is a rare thing not only because it looks like something from the fifties or sixties, but also because is connects using a low energy Bluetooth connection and yet it is powered by classic tube technology. It is the weirdest thing to see and yet at the same time it is totally amazing to see those coloured tube illuminated in the front of the DUO.
So, what does the DUO do? Basically, this is a powerful wireless enabled speaker system, with a built in computer of the user’s choice such as the Raspberry Pi or the Udoo Quad mini computers. Because of the wireless connection, it means that the DUO can be used for streaming music from smartphones and tablets, connecting to the TV and it is going to great for gaming too. Something as technical as this machine is going to rely on some serious specs and features, so let us take a closer look at what the DUO has under that classic wooden exterior. The Vacuum Tube Pre Amp has a dynamic range of 100dB (20Hz to 20kHz), with a frequency response of 10Hz to 20kHz (+0,-1dB). It has a maximum input level of +14dBu and a maximum output level of +28dBu.
While the main power amp comes with a stereo mode of 8Ω / FTC 20 Hz – 20 kHz / 0.1% THD – 100w and has an input sensitivity of 1.15V (+3.4 dBu). The DUO is compatible with the Raspberry Pi (Model B) powered by the ARM 1176JZF-S (ARM v6k) 700 MHz processor and the Udoo Quad powered by the Freescale i.MX 6 Quad + Atmel SAM3X8E processor. As for the dimensions of the DUO it measures up at 470 mm (W) x 238 mm (H) (Overall) x 228 mm (H) (Cabinet) x 218 mm (D) and it weighs in at around 11.9 kg The DUO is built using the highest quality of materials that are built up around the class A preamp core and powered by the built in computer. It is because of this built in technology that the DUO has so many uses; it is totally flexible while looking absolutely stunning with the tubes built into the front and the wooden case that the whole thing has been built into.
When the DUO launches it will have a retail price of around $649, but at the moment Tubecore are accepting pre orders at just $479! That is a massive saving of $170! There are of course, quite a few options available, so the actual price that the buyer ends paying for the DUO is likely to be higher than the starting price. For example, grill covers cost $19, tubes range from $25 to $75 and the Udoo mini computer will set the buyer back an additional $110. It all mounts up from the base price!