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What is everyone's opinion of the best driver tube to be paired with the TS 5998? Also, please explain why this pairing works best for you, and if possible, include what headphone you are using. I have a TS 5998 incoming and I want to go ahead and purchase a viable complement before it arrives. Thanks in advance guys.


I really had a good time listening to my 5998 + Amperex E80CC gold pins. But if you can, you should get a Bendix 6080WB slotted graphite plate power tube. I got one and my 5998 has been collecting dust on my desk since. I much prefer the Bendix over the 5998.

 

If you want to stick with the 12AU7s, I would recommend the Mullard CV4003 and Tung-sol 'black/gray' plate 12AU7.

 

I'm using BeyerDynamic T1 and Sennheiser HD650.


Edited by Aeolus Kratos - 7/26/14 at 12:56am
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Originally Posted by adamaley View Post
 

What is everyone's opinion of the best driver tube to be paired with the TS 5998? Also, please explain why this pairing works best for you, and if possible, include what headphone you are using. I have a TS 5998 incoming and I want to go ahead and purchase a viable complement before it arrives. Thanks in advance guys.

I like the RCA clear top 12AU7 with the 5998.

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Great recommendations so far. Kothganesh, I have the RCA Cleartops so I will pair that with the 5998 first when it arrives. Akso, which headphones are you using btw? Aeolus Kratos, what would you say are the attributes of the Bendix 6080 that beat the TS 5998?

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The Bendix 6080wb's are interesting tubes and have a unique sound, for me they where  a step to far from the neutrality delicacy I look for imparting to much flavour for my liking but there is no denying they can rock hard. Most probably I didn't have a good match of input tube for mine as I had been thinning out my 12au7 pile only keeping a couple of favourites after switching over to predominantly running with the e80cc and 12bh7 for the input spot, neither of them performed well when combined with the Bendix.

 

The 5998 I think has probably a wider range of genre compatibility and when paired with the e80cc or 12bh7 I felt (subjective) there was a increase in refinement heard across the board, I find particularly in vocal presentation it helped with layering of textures to better reveal hidden nuance and delicacy in voices, atmosphere and venue acoustic retrieval on live recordings I find pretty good to.     


Edited by JamieMcC - Yesterday at 9:05 am
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