Originally Posted by gibosi
I think your understanding of what you are hearing makes intuitive sense. In a more 2D stage, everything is focused very tightly, right up against your face, so to speak. But in a more 3D sound stage, there is more space between the instruments, especially front to back, and therefore, some vocals and instruments do seem to be further away.
And yes, the setting is EF95. No other settings are possible or advisable.
And these EI tubes do look very similar to my Blackburn tubes, so it would seem very likely that they were manufactured in Yugoslavia using ex-Philips factory equipment. And perhaps they sound similar too.
Yes, I suppose what you say re 2D v 3D brings to mind Holmes and "elementary, my dear Watson"! It's just that I had never noticed such a difference before - obviously these 6HM5s have a MASSIVE soundstage, compared to all the others I have tried before...So take note anyone looking for more "3D" sound.
Also elementary I suppose is that our tube rolling highlights the varying skill/tastes of the recording engineer - something I had never really fully appreciated before (but that can also bring immense frustration, when you hear what CAN be achieved by a Master in the field as opposed to a lesser one...especially when your favourite piece of music ended up in the hands of the latter!)'
Also highlighted is the immense advantage we rollers have over even vastly more expensive (better?) solid state gear - WE can compensate (to a degree) for a so-so engineering job, in a way no equaliser or similar can do...lovely...
Happily, with another 20+hrs on them, things are "coming together" quite nicely - ie still tremendous detail, but with more coherence. Bass is developing a bit more...(either that, or I am 'habituating' myself to higher volumes - not to mention early deafness!). Whatever, I think I am falling in love all over again. Oh the pain...