Originally Posted by tals
I bought the little dot III with the 5654 as stock, and I ordered the 6AK5 from a different supplier.
I check online for 5654 vs 6ak5 and they yield the result: " little dot III 5654 (6ak5) tubes" etc. Are they the same?
Was I screwed?
Yes... these are equivalent tubes with similar properties. The M8100 and EF95 are also equivalents to the 6AK5 and 5654.
But... I would not mix them in pairs (e.g. an EF95 with a 5654 or 6AK5), only like tubes in pairs (e.g. 5654 with a 5654, etc.).
Here's a great reference to determine tube equivalents:
Edited by Gradofan2 - 4/21/12 at 9:13pm