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post #1021 of 1030
It's Woo Audio's official position that the Tung Sol 5998 is a superior tube to the Tung Sol 7236 in the WA2. Jack believes the TS 7236 should only be purchased as a substitute, when a good pair of TS 5998s can't be found. Perhaps someone would be kind enough to cross post this to the WA2 tube forum.
post #1022 of 1030
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Originally Posted by Chesterfield View Post

It's Woo Audio's official position that the Tung Sol 5998 is a superior tube to the Tung Sol 7236 in the WA2. Jack believes the TS 7236 should only be purchased as a substitute, when a good pair of TS 5998s can't be found. Perhaps someone would be kind enough to cross post this to the WA2 tube forum.

 

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post #1023 of 1030

I've been using the stock tubes for like half a year thinking my TS7236 were dead, because one of the tubes had a high pitch and ears slowly start clogging up like you are underwater (tried switching sides on the amp to confirm).

 

So after finally willing to dish out money to get a new pair of tubes... i tried just wiping off the pins and shook it abit... and it works perfectly again -.-. It was bad to the point you had to take off your headphones within seconds.

 

Not sure if the tubes were dying or if it needed a few shakes and clean but it looks like I just saved some $$$ for fiddling abit.

 

& OMG i havn't used the tung sols in half a year, what have I been missing out in so long (T___T). Havn't visited the site in ages too but had to post how happy I am with the WA2! is it the amp!? the headphones!? nah its the tubes!

I was planning on watching some streams but nope, here I am immobilize by the WA2...

 

Is the 5998 really worth the extra $100? because I was going to get TS7236 again if they were indeed dead.

post #1024 of 1030
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Originally Posted by Magiv9 View Post

I've been using the stock tubes for like half a year thinking my TS7236 were dead, because one of the tubes had a high pitch and ears slowly start clogging up like you are underwater (tried switching sides on the amp to confirm).

So after finally willing to dish out money to get a new pair of tubes... i tried just wiping off the pins and shook it abit... and it works perfectly again -.-. It was bad to the point you had to take off your headphones within seconds.

Not sure if the tubes were dying or if it needed a few shakes and clean but it looks like I just saved some $$$ for fiddling abit.

& OMG i havn't used the tung sols in half a year, what have I been missing out in so long (T___T). Havn't visited the site in ages too but had to post how happy I am with the WA2! is it the amp!? the headphones!? nah its the tubes!
I was planning on watching some streams but nope, here I am immobilize by the WA2...

Is the 5998 really worth the extra $100? because I was going to get TS7236 again if they were indeed dead.

Yes they are worth the $100. But remember you have to like them not us. But the fact that you can totally change the sound of a $1,100 with $100 is awesome. When I got my wa2 I kept buying tubes until I found the right combo.

If you can afford it buy a pair of gec 6080. They are the most engaging with our amp.
post #1025 of 1030

Hello, folks, I am new here.

I just bought a wa2. The stock rectifier tubes are a pair of 6CA4s, which, according to the attached paper, are equal to 6V4=EZ80, but I find 6CA4s actually are EZ81s. My question is, does rectifier tubes matters, or does EZ81s affect the sound quality/style, compare with EZ80? 

Also, I'm looking for EZ80s on Ebay, but it's hard to find a matched mair of EZ80. Do rectifier tubes need to be matched? Because there are tons of single EZ80 tube on Ebay...

Thank you : )

post #1026 of 1030
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Originally Posted by kazsud View Post


Yes they are worth the $100. But remember you have to like them not us. But the fact that you can totally change the sound of a $1,100 with $100 is awesome. When I got my wa2 I kept buying tubes until I found the right combo.

If you can afford it buy a pair of gec 6080. They are the most engaging with our amp.

Gah... As much as I love to keep buying tubes, it'll feel like I'm just throwing money away if don't use them.

I was going to replace it with TS7236 for 200ish or TS5998 for 300ish if my tube had died, but I'll try the gec 6080 next if I can't convince myself to spend the 300+, thanks!

post #1027 of 1030
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Originally Posted by kazsud View Post


Yes they are worth the $100. But remember you have to like them not us. But the fact that you can totally change the sound of a $1,100 with $100 is awesome. When I got my wa2 I kept buying tubes until I found the right combo.

If you can afford it buy a pair of gec 6080. They are the most engaging with our amp.


I've been a tube rollin' fool since I got my WA2 5 months ago. I've had multiple combos in my amp, including the beloved Tung Sol 5998s. I got a recommendation of the GEC 6080 from Dubstep Girl and it was great advice.

 

I found the 5998s to be open, detailed, and very powerful. However, they were quite neutral and with them I did not get enough warmth for my taste. Then I got a pair of GEC 6080s from ValveTubes. Wow, just what I was looking for: open, detailed, great bass and lush lower mids. Paired with Siemens CCAs it is the perfect combo. Just what I was looking for. I can highly recommend both of those tubes.

post #1028 of 1030

Nice @Franatic ... I also like my music with a bit of warmth. I'll have to try out the GEC 6AS7G/6080 tubes... how much does a NOS matched pair go for? $500 or so seems to be the best price I can find on ebay. Pretty pricey. 

 

I bought a pair of Philips Miniwatt E188CC's (Holland version) and they sound absolutely splendid. Same extended, nuanced highs that I love from the Siemens E88CC tubes, along with amazing soundstage and lush mids that remind me of Amperex 7308 tubes. 

 

But I would also like to go the GEC route... just wondering if it's worth the cash for the tube upgrade. I have some Sylvania JAN 7236 tubes now and I think the mids are suffering a bit from them. I'm sure the GEC's would be a nice improvement.

post #1029 of 1030

Hey Mikoss,

I had looked into the GEC 6AS7G and kind of balked at the $450-500/pair pricepoint. Upon a recommendation by Dubstep Girl I looked into the GEC 6080. I found them for $160/pair at ValveTubes. I bought a pair and tried them out. They have the exact sound profile I was looking for: open,detailed, good bass and great lower mids. I bought 2 more pair for my own stock. I was told by Kef that they were the last of his current stock. I know he has bought new GEC 6080 stock and the price has gone up. If you go to his website and email him he will give you a quote.

If you can score some Siemens CCAs, they make a perfect combo with them. I am sure your present driver tubes will sound great with them also.

Happy tube rollin', it's fun but also expensive. The thing is that NOS tubes are only going to get more scarce and more expensive.

post #1030 of 1030
6AS7g "brown cup base" - most engaging and midrange rich, i actually did not like 6080 in WA2. For midrange and emotions for my taste it was 6AS7G - even "cheaper" normal versions and 5889 for more lean/neutral sound - at least this is for power tubes. I have impression you can better adjust sound signature by preamp tubes.
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