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Yes, You are right. The 7236 has more power and actually, I did turn down the volume when I used the 7236. In terms of the direct comparisons between the GEC 6080 & the 7236, I didn't have the chance. I returned the GEC tubes to my friend before I got the 7236.
To my ears, the 7236s not only have more bass power but the overall performance is a little better than GEC. Actually, the most I liked about the GEC tubes was the vocal and the shinny treble. However, I found that the Air (highs) was too enough!
Few days ago, I got myself a XLO Limited Edition 2 Power cable. I used it on the WA2, I was surprised that the overall soundstage got wider and deeper. I felt like the right and left sides had at least couple inches wider...
I got my matched pair from vacuumtubes.net, I seem to be patronising them a lot for stuff like 596, 5998 and 7236 tubes. They're a great bunch of guys and I can't recommend them enough.
For what reasons did you prefer the GEC6080 and 7236 on the WA22
Finally, Got a pair of Brand New Matched Tung-Sol 5998! Just could not believe 5998 sounds even better than Tung-Sol 7236 ( I actually still like it as well!) I like the magic from 5998. It just makes my Edition 8 shine! (tube- combinations: RFT EZ80/ Sylvania GB6922/Tung-Sol 5998) My Ed. 8 sounds very very detailed, open, sweet and dynamic but not too bright (little surprised).
Just did a brief write up on the Hifiman HE-500 and the WA2 and WA22 which I posted here:
If I have the time and craving to do so, I'll make it a bit more thorough later