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Originally Posted by Thaddy View Post

I highly prefer the RFT EZ81 over any EZ80 I've ever listened to.  I'll be honest, I couldn't tell the difference between the stock Ei EZ80's and a few other brands I tried.  The RFT EZ81's made a noticeable difference.  Pick up a pair or two from TubeMonger:  http://www.tubemonger.com/RFT_E_German_EZ81_6CA4_Rectifier_tubes_p/526.htm

 

my favorites are the RFT EZ80 and the Tesla EZ81 (NOS, not the JJ current production). I feel like the EZ80's are just smoother and the EZ81 are a little edgier. the RFT seemed really nice, i bought a spare RFT EZ80 a week ago.

 

 

 


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Originally Posted by RBNYC2 View Post

Hey, I was hoping someone here might be able to give me a good tip. I'm trying to find tubes for the WA6-SE that pair well with the LCD-2. I ordered the amp with the Sophia rectifier tube upgrade and the stock driver tubes (sylvania 6ew7). I'm finding that my HD600 sounds better than ever, but I'm not sure if this tube combination is the best for the LCD-2. What I'm hearing is a harsh treble mostly, especially when I turn the volume up. I'd like to find something that balances the sound a bit, less harsh in the highs, and perhaps more mid-bass/mid-range impact. Also, for some reason the HD600's bass has drastically improved with this setup but the bass on my LCD-2's is lacking and sounds much weaker than the HD600's. Typically the LCD-2's sound much bassier to my ears, so it's a bit confusing to me.

 

I'm mainly looking for driver tubes but I'm open to trying different rectifier tubes also. I've been searching through all the threads and it's a bit overwhelming so it would be great to hear from someone directly. Thanks in advance.

 

 

you are correct, that Sophia + 6EW7 combo is great for sennheisers, however its not the best for the LCD-2 (not sure about the sharp treble though, should be a fairly smooth treble with those tubes). the 6EW7 are bass light and lower gain though, i feel this is why they suck with LCD-2. 

 

anyways, the best combo is the 596 rectifier + 6GL7 upgrade tubes (6FD7 are ok here but i prefer 6GL7), another combo is Sophia + 6FD7 or 6DR7 (i find the 6DR7 to be tubey and smooth, but not as clean as 6FD7). also for LCD-2, you can switch out the sophia/596 in these combinations for a Mullard GZ34.


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 5/2/13 at 10:56pm
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thanks for the EZ rectifier feedback, anyone tried any Mullards?

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I really liked my Mazda 5R4GY with a pair of 6EM7 (electrically very similar to 6GL7) with both HD650 and LCD2.

 

however, 596 is definitely a step up in all directions.  I actually found the 596+ 6EW7 to also be very good with the HD650s (but a little sluggish with LCD2 vs 596+6EM7).  Honestly, I think the 596 is the biggest upgrade for most all of my cans.

 

On rectifiers alone, I find the Princess to be very WIDE OPEN in the sound stage and very smooth and well layered.  But suffers in speed and attack.  Great for jazz, non-orchestral classical music and vocalist stuff.

 

 

My 5R4GY is similarly open and smooth and seems to be a bit faster, but not by much but definitely ups the gain (translating to louder volumes).  The low end, however, does not seem to extended as deep as the PS but the top seems cleaner.

 

596 - Oh baby,  speed/attack (check), bass slam (check), sound stage (smaller check), layering (check). I definitely love this tube for most music.  But every one in a while, I'll switch back to the 5R4GY when I'm in a mellower mood; the princess... we'll she's getting older. =P


Edited by GloryUprising - 5/3/13 at 9:44am
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Dubstep Girl, that's a wonderful acquisition and beautiful close-up.

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thanks! 

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

 

my favorites are the RFT EZ80 and the Tesla EZ81 (NOS, not the JJ current production). I feel like the EZ80's are just smoother and the EZ81 are a little edgier. the RFT seemed really nice, i bought a spare RFT EZ80 a week ago..

Did you mean the RFT EZ81's?

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nope i bought EZ80's. haven't heard the RFT EZ81

 

they look almost the same btw.

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Does anyone in the Philadelphia area have a Wa22 or Wa5 they wouldn't mind letting my ears hear? 

I have a Nuforce Dac-100 and HD800s if anyone is interested in getting together.

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Just ordered a 596 and adapter from Jack for my WA22. They're up to $200 for the two pieces if anyone's interested.
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jack must be running out then if he increased price that much. since he sells adapters for 50-60$

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I paid $130 for my last 596 including shipping from Europe; I would re-sell it if I could recoup what I paid--so it would have to be for pretty much what Jack is now charging.

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I am looking at my two spare 596's on the shelf and smiling!  biggrin.gif

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Yes, he is running low. In fact, in January, I sold him wink.gif his last 14 -15 '596' tubes. Ironic, but I needed to buy a pair backrolleyes.gif biggrin.gif from him recently...

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Should any Woozies be lucky enough to get The Mighty 596, I'll be selling my brand new in-the-box adapters for them, just shy of retail.

popcorn.gif

 

Wait... any of you - or perhaps, someone you know - have experience working with Teflon? If I could get them painted or dyed ALL black, I'd be interested in keeping them. Weigh-in if you can step in and assist!


Edited by Silent One - 5/3/13 at 4:17pm
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

Should any Woozies be lucky enough to get The Mighty 596, I'll be selling my brand new in-the-box adapters for them, just shy of retail.

popcorn.gif

 

Wait... any of you - or perhaps, someone you know - have experience working with Teflon? If I could get them painted or dyed ALL black, I'd be interested in keeping them. Weigh-in if you can step in and assist!

Glenn makes them in black....I have 2 of them...

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