Hi folks, started reading the thread but gave up at page 50!
I listen to a lot of classical music and to me soundstage and seperation and clear sound is the most important. I dont want to go overboard with the tubes. I want to keep the cost reasonable.
what tubed do you recommend for me?
edit: just how bad are the stock ones that come with the Lyr? you would think schiit audio would take some time to find out which tube works well and choose that as stock no?
Well they did a pretty good job with those 6BZ7s, they're not bad. It's just that there are better out there. But you must pay a price.
I scored a nice pair of NOS Amperex USN-CEP 6922s on eBay for $185.00 this past weekend. I wouldn't expect really good NOS tubes to be a lot cheaper than that.
Those are still around, but it's not exactly like they grow on trees. The Schiit guys had to go with tubes that were also readily available. AND, they wanted to make the price attractive. It's a balancing act, I think they did a pretty good job.
Here's a link to some really good info on the tubes that will work in the Lyr:
If you search this thread, MrScary also posted a list of his favorites.
If you can't read this entire thread those two sources should at least point you in a decent direction to start. Good luck and have fun!