I'm using the Red Wine Corvina in balanced mode with LCD2s (stock cable)
Using the stock tube but would like a little more definition in the high frequencies and a bit more air and space.
Reading this thread it seems the Miniwatt Dario 7308/E188CC or Amperex 6922 Pinched Waist are highly recommended and have a more open, airy treble than the stock JJ..
I listen to all kinds of music from acoustic folk and jazz through to Hendrix and Stones, Nirvana.
i generally like a rich textured sound but also want to make sure the sound doesn't become too cloying, over-polite or congested.
Can anyone advise me if the above two tubes would be best for me or are there other alternatives?
Welcome to Audiocircle and the RWA forum!
I would recommend first upgrading the stock cable, as it does lack in high frequency extension. While not cheap, this one
would be on the top of my list for the LCD-2s:http://www.aloaudio.com/cables/headphone-cables/reference-8/reference-8-headphone-cable
If you don't want to spend that much, tube rolling would be my next recommendation.
I've been playing with the Telefunken E88CC (that are being sold new-in-box from Upscale Audio) and they seem to have better
resolution, without losing the midrange magic.
But what what you are looking for, and for the price, the Mullard CV2492 is going to be hard to beat! From first hand experience, I would get it from this guy:http://www.ebay.com/itm/E88CC-CV2492-MULLARD-MILITARY-NOS-BOXED-/260577827114?pt=UK_Sound_Vision_Valves_Vacuum_Tubes&hash=item3caba6192a
I know, I know - lots of choices. I don't think you'll go wrong with any of them, assuming the tubes are in good shape.
Keep us posted!