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As this module has been out for some time now, what are your preffered tubes and why?
Hi mirekti,As Larry mentioned, it's hard to go wrong with the Telefunken E88CC (Upscale Audio has them new-in-the-box).Check into the previous posts in this forum... it has been discussed.Best regards,Vinnie
Ok, thanks for the replies. I just wondered what each tube brings or takes away.I will start with the stock tubes for now and roll a bit later after I get to know stock ones beter.This was already answered before, but it seems I cannot find it on search. Hoe many hours should one expect from the tubes in buffer before they need a replacement?
What state are you in?
Do you own a LIO already?
It is being built in the factory, will have it in few weeks
Congrats! You will be in love. After you get it and get acclimated to the sound (or lack of) reply back. Maybe I'll send you my Tele's to try so you don't have to spend $400 off the bat.
Thanks a lot for your offer, I appreciate it. I am curious what Telefunken can bring into the game, but maybe the best route is to stick to the stock tubes for few months first and get to know them well.Cheers!!!
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I have taken almost a year listening to few different tubes, and I rank them as follows :1. Telefunken E188CC2. RTC E188CC3. Gold Aero 6922 EC884. Siemens E88CC5. LIO Stock6. Mullard E188CC7. Amperex 6922
If you ask me to make a comparison with Telefunken E188CC, my subjective opinion - I think Telefunken is slightly outperforming, particular on the treble high side, and slightly more airily.
I recently bought a pair of Telefunken E88CC's from TomS (the ones from Upscale Audio he posted pictures of). I haven't written up my impressions but suffice it to say they are an across the board improvement over the very good stock tubes. A worthwhile buy. Last week I did a favor for an audiophile friend and he "paid" me with box of old tubes. Two of these are Amperex 6922's from the early sixties. Although they are not matched and even come from different generations (one is a "white box" PQ, the other is an earlier "pinched waist") I tried them in my LIO today. Wow. This is THE tube for LIO to my ears. Not "better" than the Tele's in all ways but with a real touch of tube magic through the highs and midrange that I don't hear from either of the other tubes. So if you are looking for an alternative upgrade you might want to look at a pair of Amperex 6922 PQ'S. If you go for the pinch waste, caveat emptor. My friend tested this one and marked the box "non-micro" and I hear no issues. But they are supposed to be prone to microphonics so be very careful.
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