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Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?

300B
8 (13.3%)
211
1 (1.7%)
EL84
5 (8.3%)
KT88
10 (16.7%)
KT120
6 (10%)
EL34
8 (13.3%)
Other - List Yours
22 (36.7%)

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Voting closed: 12 Sep 2020, 03:48 pm

Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?

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Delta77

Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« on: 1 Sep 2020, 03:48 pm »
I'm looking at getting into a 300B for my Tekton Double Impact SE's..
I'm Still very new to tubes..
I own a Decware, Zen Mystery Amp and a Odyssey Audio, Stratos Extreem ++ amp...
They are both respectable amps, but I'm looking for an amp that will let me hear 90-99% of the music at VERY low volume levels (Between a Talking and a Whisper level ,50-60 db)..

Aric Audio , has my attention..
I'm looking at his Special 300b..

What are your guys thoughts on making this move towards ordering an Aric Audio 300b for my Tekton's..

Delta77

Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #1 on: 1 Sep 2020, 04:24 pm »
Right now I'm using an Aric Audio passive pre/ switch box, for the volume control..

When I use the SS (odyssey) amp I sweeten, and attenuate the input with a Decware, CSP3 preamp.

When using the Decware, Mystery amp , I  just attenuate the input with the amps on board volume control..

I'M SO CONFUSED, ..!!




scooby_scrappy

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Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #2 on: 1 Sep 2020, 05:19 pm »
I recently purchased the Charney Audio Maestro 103db speakers.  I listen at low volumes in a small office.

I have a Chinese built EL34 and the speaker hiss drove me nuts.  I purchased a Chinese built 300b monos and I liked the 300b sound but the speaker hum was loud so I returned them.

What I learned is to get a 300b amp with quality transformers.  I am having someone build the Ank Audio K-1 Classic 300b kit for me.  There are kits from Elekit TU-8600s which I heard sounds good.

What I read is the 45 tube amps sound more realistic than the 300b.  The amps from Yamamoto and Electra-Print are out of my budget.

jmolsberg

Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #3 on: 1 Sep 2020, 05:45 pm »
i'd love to hear Aric's amps. i believe he uses custom-wound Transcendar OTs with silver-coated teflon leads. with the separate all film power supply it must be wonderful at all volumes and breathtaking at the low low volumes. i've spoken with him about building me a 45 SET much like his super 2a3 set. the 45 triode is certainly my preference. definitely worth chatting with him.

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Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #4 on: 1 Sep 2020, 10:05 pm »
Four 6L6GC's are the heart of a custom amp Gary Dodd built for me.  It began life as an old Knight kit KB--85

SlushPuppy

Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #5 on: 1 Sep 2020, 10:59 pm »
8 Tung-Sol 7581A's in my Primaluna HP Integrated.

cheech

Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #6 on: 2 Sep 2020, 12:23 am »
I have  2 integrated amps in my main system, the Finale Audio has 7189A output tubes; The Line Magnetic 845s

SET Man

Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #7 on: 2 Sep 2020, 12:52 am »
Hey!

      KR Audio 842VHD tubes in Welborne Labs Apollo SET Monoblock pumping out 18wpc and Shuguang 845B tubes in Bel Canto SET 40 pumping out 37wpc.

Buddy

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Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #8 on: 2 Sep 2020, 01:10 am »
Ye olde 6550C, 16 of them in the even older VTL  300 DeLuxe.
Same in the VTL MB250s.

jtcf

Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #9 on: 2 Sep 2020, 02:43 am »
KT150s in my Aric Audio Transcend Push Pull.
@Delta77 when I had Tektons my MicroZOTL2 at 1 watt sounded sweet at low volume,better than the Aric.The Aric rocked the house though :-)

JTF

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Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #10 on: 2 Sep 2020, 03:16 am »
I just dropped a pair of Emission Labs 45s into my Alan Eaton amp. They transformed it.

Mike B.

Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #11 on: 2 Sep 2020, 03:28 am »
Both KT120 and KT150 in my ARC Reference 75

Kray

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Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #12 on: 2 Sep 2020, 03:42 am »
My current rotation tube amps

45 - Oliver Sayes Yamamoto clone
47 - Ken Usuegi Otomon custom build
42 - Oliver Sayes

datman

Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #13 on: 2 Sep 2020, 04:06 am »
Real Gold Lion KT77's with a 1968 tall bottle 5U4G and a Pope (Mullard) 6SN7 in my custom Dennis Had KT77 amp. I had the tubes and wanted to know whatt they sounded like.

I also have a Don Sachs Kootney 120 amp with Shuguang WEKT88+ and WE6SN7+ tubes. Both sound wonderful.

I also have a Dennis Had Inspire 45 amp. It kills me that 2 watts are not enough. It's time to let this one go.

Tyson

Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #14 on: 2 Sep 2020, 04:41 am »
I have several amps I rotate through. 

TAL Korneff Type 45 (2 watts)
Elekit 2a3/300b amp (4 to 8 watts)
Dennis Had SEP mono blocks using any pentode known to man (up to 12 watts)
VTA EL84 push pull (12 watts)
Almarro A318B using 6C33 tubes (20 watts)
VTA KT66 push pull (30 watts)

luckyguy

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Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #15 on: 2 Sep 2020, 05:00 am »
Running KR VV52b, one in each custom mono block SE.  Powers Edgar solid oak salad bowls with TAD 2001 drivers.

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Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #16 on: 2 Sep 2020, 12:50 pm »
Right now using Gold Lion KT88s in a custom single ended unit till I'm done building myself a 300B amp.Preamp currently uses 2A3s.

Freo-1

Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #17 on: 2 Sep 2020, 01:44 pm »
Plate Cap output tubes all the way for me.  My primary mono amps sport a quad of 1625, which is a 12 volt version of the 807.  Works great as a audio output tube.


My secondary set of mono amps employs a pair of 8552, which is a 12 volt version of the 6146B radio transmitting tube.  These little buggers can put out 100 watts from a pair.   Careful attention to the screen voltage is needed,  but as long as that is addressed,  the 8552 makes for a good sounding audio tube. 


The best thing about these tubes are the fact that they are quality NOS tubes.  The 1625 is especially reliable and long lasting,  and they are very reasonably priced. Hard to beat that. 

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Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #18 on: 2 Sep 2020, 05:24 pm »
  Psvane 211s in custom mono blocks or Reflector EL34 in Inspire amp.


charles

Chris Adams

Re: Which Output Tubes Are In Your Main System..?
« Reply #19 on: 2 Sep 2020, 05:45 pm »
Tesla EL34/Gold Lion KT77
Gold Lion KT88
Tung Sol KT120
Tung Sol KT150
All interchangeable in Aric Audio Super KT Push Pull monoblocks.