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post #136 of 210
What would be the best tubes to match the "bright" Sony SA5000?

Would the Cryo Telefunkens match better with the HD650?

I can't wait to get my AE, first tube amp!
post #137 of 210
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Originally Posted by Slow_aetk
What would be the best tubes to match the "bright" Sony SA5000?

Would the Cryo Telefunkens match better with the HD650?

I can't wait to get my AE, first tube amp!
I did not heard the SA5000 with the EarMax AE... but I can imagine that this set would be very good with that cans: Philips in the center position and Valvo for the two outputs. I think that even the Mullard will be very good with the SA5000.

Best!
Nicola
post #138 of 210
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Originally Posted by neilvg
Has anyone tried or know anything about the Mullards? How would this setup sound you guys think?

Mullard 12AT7 CryoValve (x1)
Mullard ECC88 / 6DJ8 (x2 matched)

They are supposed to be great, but has anyone tried em?
I have a Mullard 12AT7 coming this week for the center position, I'll post impressions of how they work with my other tubes (EH, JJ, TFK).
post #139 of 210
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nik
I did not heard the SA5000 with the EarMax AE... but I can imagine that this set would be very good with that cans: Philips in the center position and Valvo for the two outputs. I think that even the Mullard will be very good with the SA5000.

Best!
Nicola
Philips and Valvo. Are these the ones coming stock with the amp?
post #140 of 210
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Originally Posted by Slow_aetk
Philips and Valvo. Are these the ones coming stock with the amp?

For the SA5k's try the sylavania goldpins and telefunkens in the outer posistion. I don't normally like this tube configuration but it seemed to help with the Sa5k's.
post #141 of 210
Slow has asked the question, I was afraid to ask. What are those stock outboard tubes. Unmarked? What is it with that? No lettering anyplace that I can find. At these outrageous prices, I would think we could figure it out. Someone mentioned Valvo, but every Valvo I can find has Bold lettering.
post #142 of 210
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Originally Posted by Slow_aetk
Philips and Valvo. Are these the ones coming stock with the amp?
Yes, with one of the two I owned.

Best!
Nicola

PS:
I can do a search to see if I still have that set...
post #143 of 210
Okay, been tuberolling over the weekend and tonight. Here are my impressions of the tubes I have on hand with the EMP:

Telefunken E88CC and ECC81 while is very transparent and clean is also lean and analytical, I prefer my music to be a bit more fleshed out, palpable, and better textured.

The Electro-Harmonix 6922/12AT7 combo renders a beautiful picture that is holographic, transparent, and detailed. The sense of dimensionality is what I really like about these tubes, but it almost seems artificially euphonic. The best thing about them is the price $23 a matched pair! I just put in an order for the gold pin version and will see if they are even better.

The JJ E88CC/ECC81 combo has a nice tonality, but it isn’t as resolving, layered, dimensional or extended as the EH , but in a way they are more polite, musical, natural, and laid back.

I just got some Mullard CV4024 (12AT7) today and had them in the center position with EH 6922 on the outside. The Mullard gives a more tubey character, where it offers a softer and intimate presentation. With all EH tubes in, it’s a big sound that is very clean, detailed, and a bit more etched. However, with the Mullard in the mix, it provides the necessary bloom to make it sound just a bit more organic and mellower, with a lusher midrange. It’s seductive and enchanting with acoustical music, but with bass heavy material, it tends to be just a tad flubbier. But to me this is the most pleasing of the combinations so far.
post #144 of 210
There are just too many tubes to try. I wish I had a better way to store these little guys.
post #145 of 210
What phones?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Oski
Okay, been tuberolling over the weekend and tonight. Here are my impressions of the tubes I have on hand with the EMP:

Telefunken E88CC and ECC81 while is very transparent and clean is also lean and analytical, I prefer my music to be a bit more fleshed out, palpable, and better textured.

The Electro-Harmonix 6922/12AT7 combo renders a beautiful picture that is holographic, transparent, and detailed. The sense of dimensionality is what I really like about these tubes, but it almost seems artificially euphonic. The best thing about them is the price $23 a matched pair! I just put in an order for the gold pin version and will see if they are even better.

The JJ E88CC/ECC81 combo has a nice tonality, but it isn’t as resolving, layered, dimensional or extended as the EH , but in a way they are more polite, musical, natural, and laid back.

I just got some Mullard CV4024 (12AT7) today and had them in the center position with EH 6922 on the outside. The Mullard gives a more tubey character, where it offers a softer and intimate presentation. With all EH tubes in, it’s a big sound that is very clean, detailed, and a bit more etched. However, with the Mullard in the mix, it provides the necessary bloom to make it sound just a bit more organic and mellower, with a lusher midrange. It’s seductive and enchanting with acoustical music, but with bass heavy material, it tends to be just a tad flubbier. But to me this is the most pleasing of the combinations so far.
post #146 of 210
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Originally Posted by neilvg
What phones?
Grado HP2 primarily and DT 880 as well. That's probably why I was leaning towards something fuzzier.
post #147 of 210
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Slow_aetk
What would be the best tubes to match the "bright" Sony SA5000?

Would the Cryo Telefunkens match better with the HD650?

I can't wait to get my AE, first tube amp!
I tried some siemens, philips, Sovtek, JJ and EH on EMP.
Most of them match so well with it. They overcome the EMP's weaknesses which are I consider that is un-detail, slow, lacking energy. The Electro-Harmonix 6922/12AT7 gold pins combo is the best out of what I have tried with EMP. The Sovtek 12AU7 seems bring more power but less pliancy.



However, it does not mean these tubes can do the same on EMP AE.



EMP AE is detail, fast in pace, and delivered with energy and emotion. I found when most of these tubes are with EMP AE, highs become too too bright, and mids are losing textures. So, I am currently using the EMP's stock tubes with EMP AE. They are just wonderful driving my HD600 and my friend's SA5000.

the cental tube is marked, and two outside's are unmarked.
If any one here has these tubes came with your EMP, and you don't need them any more, please give me a PM, I want a spare set. I will definitely pay for them. You are also appreciated to send them first to neilvg for his Amp Comparison Review.
http://www4.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=144737



I havent tried some Mullard and Telefunken. They may be good. I shall see.
post #148 of 210
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ken36
There are just too many tubes to try. I wish I had a better way to store these little guys.
small bulbs~
post #149 of 210
Stock tubes. An idea I never thought of. Wasn't impressed out of the box. Maybe they need a 50 hour burn-in also. Ok, Wu, starting tonight I will give it a go. It will save me a few hours on my beloved EHg tubes.
post #150 of 210
Does anyone have an idea of tube life? Is there a thread? Does it go by brand, type, amp? Haven't a clue.
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