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Written by: Greggory Caine
Written on: March 21st, 2017
Tags: lifestyle, music, entertainment, computer science, health & medicine
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Volume XVIII Issue I > Leaving the Light On: Vacuum Tubes and their Reemergence
Walk into an Urban Outfitters, coffee shop, or cafe in any arts district and you will catch wind of an audio craze that has blown through the younger generation – analog sound. Boycotting digital sound, those who seek warm, analog signals wish to receive their music in a more natural way – not unlike preferring a handwritten letter in place of an email.


Audio-intensive music enthusiasts, or “audiophiles”, swear by that analog signal produces a warm and smooth sound that is much preferred over the cold and uninviting tones produced by digital signal.
Some audiophiles have gone so far as to return to classic 1940’s electronic device: the vacuum tube. A small device that you might see glowing through the vents of old radios and TV’s, the vacuum tube, due to its vacuum-tight speed, is truly a valuable design. In fact, it is making a comeback to assist national organizations, such as NASA, with an improved computational speed and reduced space radiation.