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I'm not gonna ask Currawong. wouldn't want to be considered a "Business", as I'm not
 

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Speaking of The Mighty 596, I'm up listening to it right now, doin' work with Stevie Wonder..."Higher Ground" @ 24/96 kHz.

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Twelve 596 tubes are leaving to their new owners on Saturday. I should be named "The 596 Guy" or something under my Nickname. Who can make that happen? rolleyes.gif

And there was much rejoicing!

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Twelve 596 tubes are leaving to their new owners on Saturday. I should be named "The 596 Guy" or something under my Nickname. Who can make that happen? rolleyes.gif

Hummm, someone else did in the past.
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Speaking of The Mighty 596, I'm up listening to it right now, doin' work with Stevie Wonder..."Higher Ground" @ 24/96 kHz.

 

Excellent choice, Silent! beerchug.gif

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I'm also listening to the 596. It really is an impressive tube. I'm still not sure what it is about it that gives it that extra engaging edge. I'm listening to Lee Rittenour's new Rythm Sessions album on 24/96 HDTracks. I'm really enjoying it, it has excellent sound quality - very clean and precise.

One interesting issue I am having with my 596 is that together with my Sylvania 7236 my setup is insanely powerful. I listen a lot at night and my audio rig is in my master bedroom near my sleeping wife. The very first click on the knob has channel imbalance and the second click is a really solid listening volume that could be a tad loud for her. So I have a one click volume limit on the knob for all intensive purposes on low gain, which seems crazy.
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Speaking of The Mighty 596, I'm up listening to it right now, doin' work with Stevie Wonder..."Higher Ground" @ 24/96 kHz.

Edited by Sid-Fi - 11/22/12 at 10:17pm
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The Sylvania 7236 certainly isn't helping the Mrs. Swapping out your power tubes to something with less gain will improve your relations. The Russian 6AS7G is both lower gain and has quieter background, but the Syl may bring a bit more details.

 

But then, we're only talking about her post bedtime, not drive time, when you're feeling good and want to crank your Woo to make it do what it do... biggrin.gif better!

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I'm also listening to the 596. It really is an impressive tube. I'm still not sure what it is about it that gives it that extra engaging edge. I'm listening to Lee Rittenour's new Rythm Sessions album on 24/96 HDTracks. I'm really enjoying it, it has excellent sound quality - very clean and precise.


 

+1 on the Ritenour.  Sounds great on my 325is and WA6.

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What's up Woosies, hope everyone is enjoying a great holiday weekend.

 

I might have a new favorite tube setup on my beloved WA22 - the first picture below. The United Electronics 596 rectifier, Sylvania 7236 power, and RCA VT-231 smoke glass. This combination is extremely engaging on my HD 650 with Moon Audio Silver Dragon cabling. The second picture below had been my main setup for awhile. It uses the Sophia Princess rectifier and Sylvania 6SN7GTA chrome top drivers. The jury is still out but i think the new setup will stick. The 596 adds a layer of excitement and impact. Although i had preferred the Sylvania driver tubes below, the 596 really brings out the full bass presentation of the RCA smoke glass in a way where i prefer the extra bass.

 

Anything new with you guys?

 

Woo Audio WA22 amplifier with United Electronics 596 rectifier, Sylvania 7236 power, and RCA VT-231 smoke glass driver tubes.

 

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Hi Sid, where did you get your tubes?  

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I purchased the 596 rectifier from vacuumtubes.net. I bought the Sylvania 7236 and Sophia Princess used from here on Head-Fi. I got the RCA VT-231 and Sylvania 6SN7 from eBay. I haven't ever purchased anything here in AZ locally.
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Hi Sid, where did you get your tubes?  
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If anyone has any recommendations for driver tubes based on my setup and notes in the above posts, I would welcome them. I'm tempted to try a few other driver tubes over time since I have only tried a handful. I'm thinking an older Sylvania VT-231 or the brown base might interesting. Both seem more highly regarded than my late 1950s chrome top. I'm also tempted to try the Tung Sol BGRP again since my driver tubes all interact a little differently with 596.
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If anyone has any recommendations for driver tubes based on my setup and notes in the above posts, I would welcome them. I'm tempted to try a few other driver tubes over time since I have only tried a handful. I'm thinking an older Sylvania VT-231 or the brown base might interesting. Both seem more highly regarded than my late 1950s chrome top. I'm also tempted to try the Tung Sol BGRP again since my driver tubes all interact a little differently with 596.

If money is no object, the TS BGRP 6SN7 is the best I heard from WA22 and the Brimar CV1988 (black gold) is very close. There is another one that I never tired and forget what it is (it is Mullard) that I can not justify.

EDIT, it is Mullard ECC32
Edited by jc9394 - 11/25/12 at 9:16am
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Originally Posted by Sid-Fi View Post

If anyone has any recommendations for driver tubes based on my setup and notes in the above posts, I would welcome them. I'm tempted to try a few other driver tubes over time since I have only tried a handful. I'm thinking an older Sylvania VT-231 or the brown base might interesting. Both seem more highly regarded than my late 1950s chrome top. I'm also tempted to try the Tung Sol BGRP again since my driver tubes all interact a little differently with 596.

I have the same setup as you but with different drivers, for the past year or two I have been using the Shuguang Treasure CV181. I also reluctantly switched from my favorite rectifier, the Princess, to the "mighty" 596.

I came on to this tube combo when I was trying to figure out which tubes will drive both the HD800 and LCD2.1 well, with the help of this article:

www.positive-feedback.com/Issue54/woo.htm

I already had a pair of the Shuguangs, but did not like them with the tubes I had briefly tried them with and they were at the bottom of the box.
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Thanks JC. I think I am leaning mostly between the TS BGRP you mention and the Sylvania 1952 " bad boy".

I found the TS BGRP to be nice using the Sophia Princess, but in the end felt it just a tad too analytical for my tastes compared to my current RCA smoke glass and Sylvania chrome top (although more refined). However, I get the strong feeling it would pair much better with the 596 than it did the Princess. Perhaps with the 596 it would retain the refinement but loose the cold edge to it that kept it from feeling really immersive.

The 1952 bad boy Sylvania is supposed to combine the lush warm characteristics the Sylvania tubes of the 40s and 50s were known for, but also have impressive and full bass which all the other Sylvania variations tend to lack (personal preference to be sure). The only concern with this option is that my Sylvania chrome top don't seem to go well with the 596 at all. It just sounded off overall and the bass was even more anemic than normal (which is wierd cuz the 596 really brought out and improved the bass in the RCA smoke glass) I wonder if the bad boy might have the same lack of synergy with the 596. My Sylvania chrome top went from easily being my favorite with the Princess to well behind the RCA smoke glass with the 596 (truly impressive now). Just goes to show how much of a role synergy between rectifiers, power, and driver tubes plays, let alone the rest of the chain.

I'm getting the feeling this is turning into lunatic tube addict rumblings better served for the 6sn7 addicts thread hehe.
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If money is no object, the TS BGRP 6SN7 is the best I heard from WA22 and the Brimar CV1988 (black gold) is very close. There is another one that I never tired and forget what it is (it is Mullard) that I can not justify.
EDIT, it is Mullard ECC32
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