Originally Posted by happybob
can some one with both Paradisea and Bendix 6385 do a more detailed review on the Bendex 6385 and how it compares with other tubes? I finally heard back from the guy in Japan who still has some Bendix 6385 tubes, but they are not cheap. I'm not sure if I really want to pay that kind of money on a tube if i'm only going to get subtle improvement from my WE396a.
happybob, from what you list in your signature for your listening room system I think the differences with the Bendix will be worth it versus the we396a. Your system is in a similar range as mine and for me, even if I say subtle, it is worth the price. I mean you have a system that is worth several thousand dollars, the $100 you will spend on a tube is only a small fraction of your system. My description of differences are probably always a bit toned down versus what many will write, this is my personality. I'm not one to start bragging about night and day differences between a $30 tubes versus a $100 tubes, this is ridiculous and will never be "unbelievable, amazing, outstanding,..." differences. So maybe I can explain a bit what "subtle" differences I can perceive between the we396a and the Bendix 6385. Highs are a bit more "sparkling" with the 6385, voices are as "liquid" but a bit more "refined and defined" and finally bass is also more defined and precise/snappy. The we396a has great bass but not as clear as the Bendix. As far as imaging and soundstage, I think its probably a wash. All this description applies to using the DAC on my speaker system, not with headphones. I haven't done any critical listening with my headphones, the W5000. My speaker system is in the same league as yours, modded Squeezebox for transport > Paradisea > Audio Aero amp > GR Research speakers.
Hope this helps a bit and as I said, if you will be using the DAC in your main speaker system, in my opinion it is worth it to spent a bit of money on the Bendix.