Originally Posted by Sony Slave
Good thing I bought the Sly 6AQ6!
I have question, is it normal to have each and every tubes to sound the same (Voskod, GE JAN 5654W, and Stock Chinese). The only ones to sound different were the Tung Sol's 6AK5.
I really wonder if the tubes that I bought, (Slyvania 6AQ6, 1680 IBM 6BE6, and RCA 6DT6/6DT6A) actually make a drastic difference in sound quality. Even when paired with the Schiit Bifrost Uber, it is still underwhelming.
Maybe I need to invest in those 12ax7 tube (TESLA 7DJ8/ 6N23P ).
By the way, is their a difference in sound quality between the Russian 6N23P and the Tesla 7DJ8 tubes?
I personally did not think that all these 6AK5s sounded the same. But then again, everyone has different ears and different gear....
And while the IBM 1680 (which was manufactured by RCA) and the RCA 6DT6 share a similar "house sound", the various 6A?6 tubes sound very different compared to these two RCA tubes.... to my ears....
The 7DJ8 and 6N23P are 6-volt triodes, while the 12A?7 are 12-volt. To my knowledge, at this point in time, the only person who has heard both of these in a Little Dot is Audiofanboy. Given that, we just don't have enough experience in this forum to be able to say anything meaningful about how these tubes might compare in our LDs.
I do have a pair of Tesla 7DJ8, but haven't had a chance to see if they will even light up. And the same goes for my Reflector 6N23P. Once I have had a chance to spend some time with these tubes, I will come back here to share my impressions. (And of course, if someone else gets around to listening to these tubes before I do, I hope they will let us know what they think! :)
For now, I am still trying to get a handle on the Amperex, Mullard and Siemens 6DJ8. My feeling so far is that the Siemens are a little too cool for my taste. I think I prefer a slightly warmer sound signature. (However, I am sure that there are those among us who would prefer the sound of the Siemens.) Anyway, I want to spend more time with the Amperex and Mullards before I add Tesla and Reflector to the mix.