Just a little progress progress report on the sub miniature Raytheon JAN 6932. As good as they are, suddenly there is a marked improvement in sound - more of everything. More air, ambiance, treble, bass, detail; you pick the words. Instead as previously "watching" the sound stage, I can now "see into" the sound stage, similar to my experience with the 6AS7GT.
Usually detailed and analytical is antithetical to sweet and musical, but here? Maybe we finally have both....
Could it be that these little buggers need extended burn-in? I reckon it is around 70-80 hours+ by now. Amazing...
If anybody knows where I can buy a Russian sub miniature tube 6N16G-V ( 6Н16Г-В in Russian) let me know. According to one source this is the best one.
Otherwise I have my eyes on the 6N16B but I don't know if it is any better than the Raytheon 6832. Seems that the Russian sellers like to sell them in 4-packs or more.
From the Raytheon catalog: "Popular Raytheon (subminiature) industrial types and improved military versions meet a host of critical applications. Their long life and stability insure optimum performance in guided missiles, computers, communications and radar equipments and radiation measuring instruments. In high temperature and high radiation environments their reliable qualities overcome your most critical problems."
Maybe this tube has overcome the critical problem of merging analytical with musical - end game? Think of it, instead of sitting in a guided missile, this tube is sitting in my hi-fi setup just generating intense listening pleasure.