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It must all be how the circuit is designed. In my Trafomatic, the RFT EZ80 is extremely linear with an extended upper end. I certainly wouldn't call it dark. I do call it extremely detailed, with a wide soundstage, while remaining very musical.
the soundstage isn't huge but its definitely not small.
extended and linear is the best way to describe them for sure!
I may roll in some other EZ80s I have laying around (I have a bunch) and see what I kind. But, a lot of the tube sound is all about synergy and circuit design, so direct comparisons aren't always possible.
I rolled in my Ei EZ80 this weekend into my Trafomatic. Granted, it's a completely different design than the WA2. Compared to the RFT EZ80, it's warmer and more bottom heavy. The high end is rolled off in comparison. So, it's not as linear as the RFT. The soundstage is a just a touch wider. Nothing to stop the presses, though.
The Ei is a nice tube. But, the RFT is nicer. The RFT's only weakness is a slightly smaller soundstage, but it's only the smallest touch smaller.
By any chance, do you all know of any place where the RFT EZ80 is in stock? I'm thinking of testing it out with the current EZ80 tubes I have.
I went through like a couple of websites, and it seem to be selling really fast. There was one seller which I delayed purchase confirmation for 2 days and it went out of stock!
After giving me Ei EZ80 a workout this weekend, I put the RFT back in. Wow, the RFT is so much more transparent and linear. It's also much less congested. Overall, it's the superior tube.
Haha hodgjy, you're just trying to tease me by saying ^.
I have the Tungsram EZ80 which sounds pretty decent - but it's the 'what I am missing' feeling that impulses me to try the RFT out.
Hopefully I can get a decently priced one out of ebay. Thanks for the help everyone.