A few years ago valve amplification was thought to be more retro than slicing off your opposable thumbs, growing gills and wriggling back into the sea. Now, it appears, that valve amps are back in vogue, starting with the Fatman iTube Carbon Edition 2.
Thanks to the 28W of amplification, the Fatman iTube Carbon Edition 2 sounds as awesome as it looks, smoothing over MP3′s brightness and artificiality a treat, leaving tunes as warm and toasty as our hearts.
The Fatman iTube Carbon Edition 2′s onboard iPod dock, meanwhile, can cope with pretty much any iPod you throw at it. And we’re including the iPhone 3G in that little list, converting your ‘Pod’s private tunes, and boosting them to a quality that’s beyond acceptable to share with your lucky, lucky guests.
If you like a bit of bass with your audio fish supper, then this is the system for you: it serves up big, throbbing sounds, kicking other systems in the valves (if they’ve got ‘em, of course).
In fact there’s very little wrong with the Fatman iTube Carbon Edition 2. Sonically, it’s tremendous. The only downsides we can see are the 6kg weight, but it’s not like you’re going to be carrying this around, and the plastic terminals. But those are minor gripes, in a valve-tastic system.