I currently have a pair of HE-500 and after lots of careful deliberation on an amp/ dac combo I think I'll be going with the Lyr/ Bifrost, although my budget could allow for more.
In light of me going well under my intended budget, I think I'd like to spoil myself with a pair of some top notch tubes. My music tastes are all over the place, all forms of rock and jazz, lots of instrumental music (including hip hop), some pop, classical music, bluegrass and pretty much anything relating to those genres.
Is there a standout pair of tubes that can be had for <$400 a pair (absolute max for my tube budget, and they'd have to be unbelievably good for me to pay that much) that matches my set up and music taste?
I would greatly appreciate links to reputable sites and I welcome all recommendations.
Mullard CV4109 NOS - Matched Pair
Siemens E188CC/ 7803
Amperex 6922/ E88CC - Late 50s pair
Siemens CCa - West German production
Telefunken 6DJ8/ E88CC - Matched pair
anything else that would be good for my budget? looking for the BEST!
I don't suspect you'll get a consensus answer to your question.
There is no answer to which one will sound best.
It's like muscle cars. Dodge or Chevy?
I've only got one of them (tubes) and I like them very much.
Would I like to hear the others? Damn straight.
You will have the same problem.
No matter which ones you pick, you will be haunted by not knowing how the other 4 will sound and you will end up buying all of them.