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post #2716 of 4345
This is BadBoy, right?

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Audio-Omega View Post

 

Sylvania Jan-Chs 6SN7GT 1952.

 

I don't like its thick and warm sound, may be I'm used to airy sounding Sylvania.  

post #2717 of 4345

Yes I think it's a Sylvania Bad Boy however I prefer the airy sounding Sylvania (see my post 2638 on page 176).

It's warm sounding for vocals of pop music but probably just right for well recorded music.  By the way, I only bought one.  

post #2718 of 4345
Thread Starter 

It has two holes in the plates, so strictly speaking  it's not a "Bad Boy".

post #2719 of 4345
Quote:
Originally Posted by rosgr63 View Post

It has two holes in the plates, so strictly speaking  it's not a "Bad Boy".


Right.  These sound nice but the Bad Boy has better low level resolution helping it avoid sounding thick.

post #2720 of 4345
That one has three holes. I prefer the sound of the two holes.
post #2721 of 4345
Thread Starter 

If it has three holes and it's dated 1952 it's definitely a "Bad Boy"

 

Personal preferences and system synergy are very important.

post #2722 of 4345

I listened this morning to my 3 holes one and from the start its very punchy and compact ( thick ) sounding, but after 15-30 minutes it become more balanced, however still punchy and full sounding. Personally, I can't say that this tube is warmish, but compare to Brimar, definitely punchier with plenty of midbass, if the record offer of course, but I do see your point about the warm and thick sound. Not sure if my a truly BadBoy, but the seller said it is.

 

Agree with rosgr63, depends on amp as well.

post #2723 of 4345

I'm going to let it run for a few hours a day to see if the sound changes.  

post #2724 of 4345
The so-called "bad-boy" doesn't even make my top five SYLVANIA 6SN7's, and it isn't in my top 20 overall. I've never understood the love for that tube. It's fine, not bad, but nothing special, to me.
post #2725 of 4345

I think it's the way it does note decay and reverb mostly.  It's a unique kind of romanticism that's not for everybody.  I'm not sure if I would put it in my top 5 6SN7 either, but for short periods of time it is still highly satisfying to listen to because it's presentation is so unique that it makes material sound fresh again.  I think the mil plate chrome domes Sylvanias beat it hands down in transparency and general performance, but sometimes the emotional connection is very important too.

post #2726 of 4345

So what are THE top 5 6SN7s to audition?

post #2727 of 4345
Thread Starter 

Is that to satisfy ones curiosity or for purchase with value for money in mind?

post #2728 of 4345

Subscribed.

post #2729 of 4345
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

The so-called "bad-boy" doesn't even make my top five SYLVANIA 6SN7's, and it isn't in my top 20 overall.

 

I'd love it if you made a Top 6SN7 variant list like you have for tube amps.  Quick little signature sound description would obviously be needed as well :D  Oh and thanks for the Ken Rad VT-231 black glass suggestion for deep powerful bass.

post #2730 of 4345
Thread Starter 

We started a top 5 favourites list following post #1620.

 

Maybe it's time for an update.

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