Crap tubes that sounded relatively the same, despite everyone else saying they weren't. Sorry, but I dont believe in magic tubes, just like I dont believe in a 2000 dollar SS amp sounding much different from a $200 one. Having heard all types of amps, receivers, pmps, things stay relatively the same, with the exception of a hint more clarity here and there.
Just as I don't put much stock in the hype train on any amp/dac, I won't believe in some tubes radically altering what I heard already with the Lyr. People **** on the 6N1P now, but it was loved when I had the Lyr. Of course, new tubes come, and everyone throws the older stuff under the bus.
I don't work that way. I'm not a fan of the tube sound. Both tubes had minimal differences, yet I still preferred all my SS amps, including the 'lowly' E9 over the Lyr. You telling me the 6N1P is so horrible, it made the Lyr under perform vs the E9? I highly doubt that.
Just fed up with the gross exaggerations on Head-fi.
Of course, there is the fact that you can't swap tubes fast enough to truly A/B them, and just go off expectation bias more than anything else.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/26/13 at 8:23pm