Best 300B

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peckjed

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Best 300B
« on: 8 Feb 2019, 02:53 pm »
Hey everyone. I am looking for some input on the best quality/sounding/lowest hum 300B - preferably new stock since NOS prices are outrageous. I'd love to find a nice sounding, reliable mesh plate - but I've seen a lot of mixed reviews. Currently I am using a matched quad of EHX 300B which sound nice. Just curious what else is out there that should be considered!

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Re: Best 300B
« Reply #1 on: 8 Feb 2019, 03:04 pm »
Mesh Plate current production are some rare, look for Emission Labs Mesh.
Chinese mesh seems dont worth to try imo. There is Takatsuki even more expensive.

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Re: Best 300B
« Reply #2 on: 8 Feb 2019, 03:44 pm »
Hi peckjed,

One day I'm going to jump in and get something that uses those magical 300B tubes. Just haven't done it yet but I'm an old retired fart and running out of time.  :green:

So what in hell are you using that requires FOUR of these boogers???

Thanks,

Gene

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Re: Best 300B
« Reply #3 on: 8 Feb 2019, 03:52 pm »
Hi peckjed,

One day I'm going to jump in and get something that uses those magical 300B tubes. Just haven't done it yet but I'm an old retired fart and running out of time.  :green:

So what in hell are you using that requires FOUR of these boogers???

Thanks,

Gene

Hey Gene,

Dennis Had built me a Parallel Single Ended 300B thats putting out 16w with 4 300B, 6SL7, 274B recitifer and 3 0A3 VR tubes. I've tried some lower watt amps and they just dont have that little extra bit that I really like. 15-20w seems to be the sweet spot in my system.






-Jeff


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Re: Best 300B
« Reply #4 on: 8 Feb 2019, 03:56 pm »
8 years ago I had Black Treasure 300Bs and enjoyed them. They sounded MUCH better than the Sophia and EH I tried.
Since then Gold Lion PX300B came out, and I have been very happy with other GL tubes, so I would probably try those GL first.
This review says they are both good, but a tube is only one part of the amp circuit so they sound different in every amp - don't trust tube reviews too much. But Gold Lion and Black Treasure reviews have been consistently great over a long period, lots of AC people have god comments about them, and my experience with both brands has been excellent. ymmv.  Ideally you can find advice from someone using the same amps as yours.

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Re: Best 300B
« Reply #5 on: 8 Feb 2019, 03:56 pm »
Hi Jeff,

That's impressive. Dennis makes good stuff. Recently I saw he has a nice looking 8W 300B amp on eBay. Very tempting. I exchanged some emails with him recently and found out he's just a bit older than me!

Gene

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Re: Best 300B
« Reply #6 on: 8 Feb 2019, 04:04 pm »
Hi Jeff,

That's impressive. Dennis makes good stuff. Recently I saw he has a nice looking 8W 300B amp on eBay. Very tempting. I exchanged some emails with him recently and found out he's just a bit older than me!

Gene

Dennis is a great guy. I've purchased from him a few times. I had him install hum pots on this 300B that made a world of difference. I'd jump on that 8W 300B if you've got friendly speakers (just make sure to ask for a hum pot)!

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Re: Best 300B
« Reply #7 on: 8 Feb 2019, 04:05 pm »
8 years ago I had Black Treasure 300Bs and enjoyed them. They sounded MUCH better than the Sophia and EH I tried.
Since then Gold Lion PX300B came out, and I have been very happy with other GL tubes, so I would probably try those GL first.
This review says they are both good, but a tube is only one part of the amp circuit so they sound different in every amp - don't trust tube reviews too much. But Gold Lion and Black Treasure reviews have been consistently great over a long period, lots of AC people have god comments about them, and my experience with both brands has been excellent. ymmv.  Ideally you can find advice from someone using the same amps as yours.

Golden Lion are what I am leaning towards. I've never had issue with their other tubes and the prices are fairly reasonable compared to other stuff.

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« Reply #8 on: 8 Feb 2019, 04:11 pm »
Dennis is a great guy. I've purchased from him a few times. I had him install hum pots on this 300B that made a world of difference. I'd jump on that 8W 300B if you've got friendly speakers (just make sure to ask for a hum pot)!

I've got the Spatial M3 T's but I do't try to blow out the windows or my ears!

Gene

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Re: Best 300B
« Reply #9 on: 8 Feb 2019, 04:16 pm »
Peck: its a beatiful amp, although for keep SE and few parts I would order a 6C33 or a GM70 for 30w of SE bliss, it cost only $30 in Russia, it is reported to have best sound than the 300B at 1100V.
A fantastique tube to live in a cold area.

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Re: Best 300B
« Reply #10 on: 8 Feb 2019, 04:24 pm »
regarding 300b - I have 4 300b in parallel for 60 watts continuous using Emission Labs 300b XLS that have been solid for 7 years now with significant use.  My preamp takes 4 300b as well but are not monoblocks.  I run Kron's for those.  Personally I like the Kron's a ton.  Price for benefit seems best value.  My experience with Kron's is they have an unusual high failure rate in the first 200 hours then are solid for the foreseeable future.  Kron stood by their tubes and sent me replacements.

I do know of 6 Takatsuki TA300b that are up for sale with under 50 hours on 4 of them.  They were purchased by my recommendation and the owner, David Beetles of Hammertone Audio, preferred the Kron's.  Contact him, if interested.  He will give you his impressions directly and a good deal if interested.

WE has released their 300b.  I am on the sidelines for now.