UNBOXED: Reviewing the Solis SO-8000 Vacuum Tube Amplifier
Let me start by saying this is not a debate about tube amplifiers vs solid state. There is an overwhelming amount of information available that argues both are literally the greatest gift to audiophiles, so let's just move past it and look at vacuum tube amps in singularity.
Solis is a company built "by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts" focusing on a variety of different audio solutions that are all underscored by WiFi or Bluetooth offerings. Their latest product, the SO-8000, is a Bluetooth capable, all-in-one tube amplifier package that also supplies a pair of speakers to boot - all for a marginally above entry-level $549 price tag.
Right out of the box, the Solis impresses. The all-black, glossy piano finish really accentuates the tubes, giving an over-all really well thought out appearance. The whole system is pretty compact, including the 7-inch speakers with stylish crescent-shaped grilles.