Best 300B

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jriggy

Re: Best 300B
« Reply #20 on: 1 May 2019, 03:05 pm »
I’d say (and have read a shootout) that the EH Gold Lion 300b is the best sounding ‘budget’/normal priced 300b out there.

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Re: Best 300B
« Reply #21 on: 1 May 2019, 03:07 pm »
I do know that Psvane makes some of the best new tubes around, their carbon coated grey glass tubes have all been first rate that I've tried, the 6CA7, CV-181, KT-88, but I've not tried their 300b.  I do have a Gold Lion 300b that I'm going to use once my new Elekit 300b amp arrives.  I might order a Psvane 300b grey glass and do some comparisons.  I know Psvane also has a Western Electric 300b replica but it's too rich for my blood at the moment.

I've heard good things about the Psvane WE300B replica, but similarly to you - its a bit too pricey.

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Re: Best 300B
« Reply #22 on: 16 May 2019, 08:12 am »
Western Electric take pre-orders for their new lamps. I wonder what they will be compared to the original

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Re: Best 300B
« Reply #23 on: 16 May 2019, 03:05 pm »
Sophia Electric has a half dozen 300B types at varying prices.

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Re: Best 300B
« Reply #24 on: 16 May 2019, 04:39 pm »
Sophia Electric has a half dozen 300B types at varying prices.

I use a Sophia mesh plate 300B's and enjoy them very much!

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Re: Best 300B
« Reply #25 on: 16 May 2019, 06:58 pm »
I've tried many, many brands of 300B's... Here is my personal preference...
1. Western Electric - the standard on which all 300B's are judged.
2. Takatsuki 300B - fantastic, does not do anything wrong.
3. Living Voice 300B - very close to the Western Electric 300B but with a bit more bass response (slam). The LV 300B's are made by Eunice Kron at KR.
4. Emission Labs 300B solid plate - Very good, but not as good as the Top 3.
5. Electroharmonix Gold Grid 300B - an absolute bargain and a real 300B that can take 450V plate voltage.

In my experience, there are many, I repeat MANY, tubes out there that claim to be 300B's but cannot take 450V plate voltage and will fail. Many do not come close to these specs... https://www.westernelectric.com/products/images/300b/300b-technical-specifications.pdf

My $0.02,
Pete

Emil

Re: Best 300B
« Reply #26 on: 17 May 2019, 05:55 pm »
5. Electroharmonix Gold Grid 300B - an absolute bargain and a real 300B that can take 450V plate voltage.

Another reasonably priced 300B
https://www.thetubestore.com/genalex-gold-lion-px-300b

anyone compare the two?

Tyson

Re: Best 300B
« Reply #27 on: 17 May 2019, 06:46 pm »
5. Electroharmonix Gold Grid 300B - an absolute bargain and a real 300B that can take 450V plate voltage.

Another reasonably priced 300B
https://www.thetubestore.com/genalex-gold-lion-px-300b

anyone compare the two?

Multiple people in the link you provided said the GL was better than the EH.  I'd take that as a pretty solid indicator.  And the GL is only $50 more than the EH.

dminches

Re: Best 300B
« Reply #28 on: 18 May 2019, 01:07 pm »
I have been using a pair of Tak 300Bs in my Lampizator for a couple years.  I just bought a pair of Shuguang 300B-98Bs for $200 and so far I really like them.