ValveTrain debuts retrolicious monitors for the digital age

The tube-powered PowerTrain Stage 50 and Studio 20 are designed for use with amp modelers.

ValveTrain PowerTrain Stage 50

The PowerTrain Stage 50

For guitarists who swear by amp modelers but want a touch of vintage class, hit up ValveTrain Amplification for its new powered monitors: the PowerTrain Stage 50 and Studio 20.

Both monitors, despite their retro-inspired good looks, are designed for use with digital amp modelers and preamps, such as gear from Line 6. ValveTrain claims the 50-watt Stage 50 and 20-watt Studio 20 will take some edge off your tone and add glorious, tube-driven warmth. The former is powered by 12AX7s and a 6L6GC while the 20-watt Studio 20 has a 12AX7 and 6V6. And both use Eminence speakers—the 12-inch Eminence Legend EM12 in the Stage 50 and the ten-inch Eminence Copperhead in the Studio 20.

ValveTrain PowerTrain Studio 20
The PowerTrain Studio 20

True to the brand’s calling, the Stage 50 and Studio 20 are hand-wired and assembled in the US using high-grade components.

Listen to the monitors here:

The PowerTrain Stage 50 lists for $1,499 and the Studio 20 lists for $1,199. For more info, check out


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