Originally Posted by magiccabbage
nice, thanks for posting this. this is what i want to try next. have you used this combo with hd800?
not really, i find that the bassiier tubes take away from the transparency and detail, though they are quite fun to have!
by the the definite/best combination i've heard for the HD 800 is the Tung Sol 5998 or GEC 6AS7G with Amperex 6DJ8 Bugle Boy's and RFT EZ 80s.
the stock rectifier or maybe the mullards might have more bass, but the RFT is by far one of the best, well balanced and great extension and clarity.
you would be ok with the sylvania 7308 and 5998 for the hd 800, the 7308's already have very good bass and the 5998 has a little weight in the bass as well. the 7308s also have great extension in the bass as well, the 6N23P-EV are similar sounding, but slightly more treble and bass, the treble smoothens out alot with burn in, great tonality.
the bugle boy's are smooth, warm, with great soundstage, bass is well balanced and full but not super strong, they are incredibly good tubes.
and the 5998 as i said i find to have a bit more bass than GEC 6AS7G as well as being warmer. the GEC 6AS7G are slightly brighter, mostly cause they're very analytical, but they have a great synergy with the HD 800, the best tonality out of almost any of the other tubes, transparency is a league above 5998, and the sound basically has no flaws, thats the first thing i noticed about the tube, usually they all have some flaw, but this one really has no problems at all and performs at top level in every category. the soundstage is incredible as well as the imaging, really works well with HD 800.
only thing i'm missing now is siemens CCa or some ultra rare amperex tube. i can't imagine the WA2 sounding any better though.
Edited by Dubstep Girl - 8/29/13 at 4:43pm