The Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier Review

The Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier Review

Imagine an amplifier capable of producing a warm, rich tube sound; capable of easily handling the bass, midrange and treble sounds, no matter what your personal taste in music. There is an almost magical quality to the sound when listening to music through a good quality tube amp.

One such tube amp, that has the capacity to make magic from your music, is the Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier. If you are looking for a tube amp that has the power and depth to enhance your listening experience then you will want to know about this amp.

About The Product

Gemtune, has recently begun branching out into other consumer electronics, however it originally started out producing tube amplifiers and other such audio equipment. With its founding experience in tube amplifiers, it is no wonder that Gemtune manufacture quality amplifiers at a reasonable price.

The Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier Design

The Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier is constructed from high quality CNC rolled steel, with a black matte finish. The Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier has five PSVANE tubes provided with it, which are packaged separately from the amp itself in order to minimize possible shipping damage.

The Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier is a Class A single ended amplifier, weighing 25 pounds, with a maximum size dimension of just over sixteen inches. While this amp is not a lightweight it will fit on a sturdy shelf. Input is via left and right RCA jack sockets.

A quick summary of the key features that make the Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier stand out from the competition:

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    Constructed from high-quality CNC steel
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    Matte black finish
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    Five PSVANE tubes
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    Class A single-ended amplifier
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    Customized VU level meter
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    One-year manufacturer’s warranty
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    Weight: 25 pounds
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    Dimensions: 16.1 x 13.8 x 9.7 inches
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    Output Power: 2 x 8 Watt
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    Input jack: RCA jack sockets (left and right)

What We Like

The Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier will produce the rich, warm tones that you would expect from a good quality tube amplifier. One person who had purchased and reviewed this amp online, even went so far as to compare it to a Conrad Johnson amp that they once had.

To put this comparison in perspective, a Conrad Johnson may sell for more than ten times the price of the Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier, so that is definitely strong praise indeed. One of the things that we like to see when reviewing an item, is for actual users to feel that they have received value for money. This is definitely the case for the Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier.

The Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier has a nice matte black appearance that means it will fit in well with most décor.

The Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier Back Side

The Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier is ideal for audiophiles on a budget. If you are looking for a tube amplifier, that is under $500, then you will struggle to find a better amp out there. With a price close to $400 the Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier is going to provide you with remarkable value for money.

This is a simple amp to set up, which in our opinion is important for the home user. Part of the set-up is due to packaging the factory provided tubes, separately from the amp itself.

This is a wise precaution, given the potential fragility of the tubes and the risk of breakage while being transported. We find such sensible precautions by a manufacturer to be reassuring, as this speaks to the care they will take with other details.

The Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier comes with factory tubes that many users have found to be perfectly acceptable, after a sufficient warm up/breaking in phase. While some users preferred to “tube roll”, it is reassuring to know that many users were more than happy with the factory provided tubes.

What We Don't Like

This is a modern made amplifier, which means that it will arrive having recently been manufactured. A small number of users of the Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier commented on a funny smell coming from the unit when first used; probably due to heating of the case paint.

Like all newly manufactured items, yes there may be a bit of a smell initially when first used, but if you think of it in the same way that people talk about a car having a “new car smell” you will realize that this is just a normal part of breaking in a new item and it will disappear relatively quickly.

The Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier is not a massively powered amp. Some users who have posted reviews online used preamps to increase the output signal. Ultimately, if you are looking for an amp that will cause the furniture to shake, as though it is being abused by an earthquake, then this is probably not the right amp for you.

On the other hand, don’t let that fool you into thinking that this will be as quiet and a timid as a mouse. That would be a mistake. This is a great value tube amp, that will produce more than satisfactory volume for most people’s needs.

Buying Advice

The Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier is available at reputable online retailers, such as Amazon. It is reassuring to know that with good reputable online stores, such as Amazon, there are consumer protections in place, should an item get damaged while being shipped.

The Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier

Source: gemtuneonline.com

When buying the Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier, we would recommend using a reputable online store for this very reason.

Final Thoughts

You will have heard of the almost magical quality that a tube amp will add to your sounds. You will have heard of the richness and warmth in the sound. Of sounds and instruments, previously unheard. To truly experience the wonder of “tube sound” you will want to use a full tube amplifier, and not a hybrid.

If the quality of “tube sound” is important to you, then you will want to buy the Gemtune GS01-M Tube Amplifier today.

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