Roth wraps up MC8 Music Cocoon

What must those vacuum tube makers be thinking? There they were trundling along churning out a few tubes for discerning hi-fi enthusiasts, then along

What must those vacuum tube makers be thinking? There they were trundling along churning out a few tubes for discerning hi-fi enthusiasts, then along comes Fatman, drops an order for a few thou, slaps them in an iPod dock and the rest, as they say, is the iTube.Fellow Brit, Roth, has been hot on its tail ever since with the Music Cocoon MC4. Now it's eyeing up the £5000 Fatman Mothership with a 'budget' version, the MC8 – a relative snip at just £2000.Aficionados will note the smaller number of glowing glass tubes, Roth opting for a single-end Class A all-tube amp with a brace of dreamy two-channel 845 vacuum tubes matched-up with four premium valve units. Four inputs will take on your CD player, turntable and the like.It can’t quite match Fatty's 200W per channel output, with a 'meagre' 35W, but then the three grand still left in your pocket might just make up for that.Essentials Roth Music Cocoon MC8 Price: £2000 On sale: September Contact: Roth Related stories: Fatman's iTube Mothership has landed Philips MCD908 joins the analogue revolution Reviewed: Roth Music Cocoon MC4