Like all push-pull amplifiers, the SRPP provides the lowest distortion when both tubes work equally in a balanced fashion, thereby requiring that the I-to-V resistor's value be carefully chosen to ensure balanced  operation.
     The idle current must be set in accord with the ideal operation of the circuit with the chosen output tubes and load. These restrictions disallow increasing the gain or lowering the output impedance by arbitrarily increasing the I-to-V resistor's value.
      Ultimately, this circuit comprises two grounded-cathode amplifiers, not the grounded-cathode amplifier and cathode follower that is commonly assumed. Both tubes provide voltage gain into the load and both tubes only offer their rp's in parallel as the main contributors to the output impedance.

Single-ended vs. push-pull
     Which view is correct? Surely, this circuit is not all that complex. Couldn't an oscilloscope be attached to the circuit and the answer be revealed?
     Yes, a scope readily reveals how the circuit works, but the oscilloscope is disdained by many audiophiles. They fear anything that smacks of the cult of measurement, holding that ear allows the only path to truth. (This viewpoint is so strongly held that some audiophiles have feared my hooking up an oscilloscope to their broken tube amplifiers, fearing that in the act of repairing the amplifier, the amplifier might become contaminated by science and conventional-engineering practice, never again sounding as pure and musical. Fortunately, the owners have never seen tubes, capacitors, or resistors being they say, if you love justice and tube sound, never see how either is made.)
     Before we can use an oscilloscope to test the circuit, we must add a plate resistor to the top tube, as measuring the voltage drop across this added resistor reveals the amount of current flowing through the top tube. This resistor does not compromise the circuit's function.

The second view
    The alternate view (the old view) sees the SRPP as an ingenious way to do push-pull on the cheap, as the SRPP is simply a two-tube push-pull amplifier that comprises its own phase splitter in the form of a single resistor.
     Basically, the bottom grounded-cathode amplifier is loaded by a complex mix of its plate resistor, the load impedance, the top tube's rp, and the top tube's interaction with the load. And both tubes work (ideally) equally into the load by developing two anti-phase current paths into the load, while the bottom triode's plate resistor functions as a phase inverter in series with the load and the bottom triode and it is critical to the needed balanced drive between the two tubes for clean push-pull operation. Thus, this resistor is effectively a current-to-voltage converter, developing an inverted drive signal for the top tube. The bottom triode's role is to provide both voltage gain to drive the top device and to pull current through the load impedance.

                SRPP as a push-pull amplifier

    Furthermore, as the top tube derives its drive voltage from the bottom tube's conduction through the I-to-V resistor, the SRPP can only work in pure Class-A; for if the bottom tube ceases to conduct, the input signal can no longer control the top tube's conduction.

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