Originally Posted by TKvC-SainT
Oh dang! That might just have tipped the scale over to the Mk4 again. Why is it so hard to make a decition and stick with it.
As I see it right now it would be the Mk4* because: I know what I would get, and I know I really loved the sounds it was making with my K701's right at the end.
But then there´s the reliability part with the non tinkering required Mk5, and also the claimed synergy with the K701's.
Hmm as stated, really tough decition here.
*Might even pay David 100$ extra and get a Mk4SE.
*edit* Scratch that about tube replacements seeing as the latest spec. for the Mk4SE seems to be Power: 6H30PI (which me and my friend got on our ordinary Mk4's) Driver: M8100. So it won´t be hard to find replacements like with the Western Electric ones they used to have, which I did a search on eBay and found none.
Ok, hold the phone! Breath deep! Ahh! Here is what I know, and I have a message into DavidZ for additional clarification in case something has changed. The tubes listed as defaults on the MKIV & MKIVse spec sheet for the MKIVse, ARE IN ERROR. I have reported the error, but it hasn't been fixed yet. The MKIV (like the MKIII) has the EF92 + EF95 compatibility jumpers.
The MKIVse has a completely different motherboard and has NO jumpers. It uses E182CC, 5687, 7119 type power tubes and 408A, 6028 type driver tubes. The default tubes on the MKIVse are/were Mullard E182CC power and WE 408A driver tubes.
I"m not sure when the confusion started, but it is out there. In the beginning, there were a hand full of MKIVse's that had the MKIV motherboard in them. Only a few, like 5 units. After that (including mine) the motherboard was the correct one with no jumpers. I think the confusion started when it was believed the difference between the MKIV and the MKIVse was just tubes.
So, lets review for clarity's sake. MKIV Standard has jumpers, takes same tube compliment the MKIII does. The MKIVse has NO jumpers, takes a completely different tube set than the MKIV standard.
DavidZ's reply is exactly what I've seen him reply before to the question about MKIVse vs MKV. I asked too!
If you order a MKIVse, it will have no jumpers and it will take the E182CC & 408A combination of tubes. It is hard to fault this combination. The sound is fantastic. They just don't have as many rolling choices as those models with the EF92 & EF95 switching capability.
Let me know if you need additional clarification. I hope this has helped some!