Aune T1 USB Tube DAC+ SS Amp Discussion Thread ***See first post for FAQ--Updated on 02/14/15*** - Page 203
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I am going to pool my impression of my tiny collection as Salvatore have suggested before, hope it would be useful for other members
6N23P with Double Support Getter
6N23P with Single Support Getter
6N23P with numbers written on plates
6N23P, Left: Double Support Getter; Right: Single Support Getter
Reflector 6N23P: spacious and natural sounding with good separation, highly affordable. One of my favour. Good for all kinds of music, from Classical to Contemporary. I think there are at least 3 different kinds of Getter with Reflector 6N23P, personally I like the double support type the most as it is the most natural sounding. The single support one is relatively forward and narrow, but still good. It's a MUST HAVE!
Fake Amperex Orange Globe with code "r-022"
Fake Amperex Orange Globe: Well, basically it's a 6N23P with double support getter. Infrastructure and sounding are exactly the same. This is my first tube and I got it from ebay. People can find these on ebay from time to time, however a lot of sellers will describe it as if it's a real Amperex (like mine). You will probably find them all etched with code "r-022" which I believe it's quite different from the real coding system that Amperex would normally use. Most of these fake ones i saw are said made in W. German or simply German and normally the printing are unclear (mine is surprisingly clear).
EH6922: Not much to be mentioned, forward and energetic; however, bass is a bit loose and muffy. Normally come as stock tube of T1. If someone is interested in EH6922, I would suggest saving the money for other options, such as 6N23P
Left: Bugle Boy; Right: ECC189 with D-Getter
Bugle Boy: Extremely warm and tubey! Up-front and narrow, suits Jazz well IMHO. These days it's relatively expensive probably due to it's myth created by the publics. If someone asked me, I would disagree on it's current market price.
Amperex ECC189: Far more spacious and balance than the Bugle Boy. However, no specific characteristic stands out.
Tungsram: Vastly available online, affordable, average performance which I think it's kind of flat in terms of response and character, others might like it. Sound has been improved a bit after run in and somehow I believe it sounds better when used together with my Socket Saver. It could be just my own illusion, you never know.
Telefunken PCC189: This is the poor man version Telefunken since it's a PCC189 without gold pin. If anyone want to impress his girlfriend(s) or neighbors with high-tech German technology, by all means go get one and play it loud. Distinct highs and mids as well as punchy bass, W--I--D--E soundstage, every WOW effect, you name it Telefunken will promptly deliver it to your girlfriend(s) or neighbours' ears. However, if you want to enjoy MUSIC rather than showing off your gears, I'd suggest something else plugged into the socket.
Valvo E88CC (Red) with gold pin: Worst tubes ever on earth as it is highly addictive! Don't waste your money on these, leave it for me
Mullard E88CC with gold pin: Well, expensive, it gives you the traditional "British Elegance". Spacious, airy, warm, educated and .... Elegant~~~~ Will pair with Classicals or anything softcore well but hardcore. If you accidentally leave it on then play "Iron Maiden" or "Guns & Roses", you probably end up with "Secret Garden" or "The Carpenters" Personally I love this tube very much, but no doubt it's usage is limited to certain genus of music only.
Mullard ECC88 Imported: Um, by the fact that it's labeled as "Imported", coming with an A-frame and coded GAG... Well, Amperex A-frame has already been discussed a lot by many senior members, so I guess I can save my words and breath.
T1 light effect when Socket Saver is used
NOVIB Socket Save: Does it worth US$ 35 plus shipping? No! However, is it useful? Yes! With the socket saver I find it much easier to dismount my tubes from the T1, the original socket of T1 just too tight and every time I have to rock the tube back and forth violently before getting it out. The socket also block most of the led light generated from T1, allowing the tube to reveal it's original colour. It's such an eye candy at night and beautifully sitting next to my bed (another WOW effect or excuse to ask your girlfriend(s) going into your bedroom)
Edited by Sarurururu - 10/18/13 at 2:06am
I have added this post to the list of tube impressions. Because you already have quite many tubes (and maybe even more to come) I'd suggest you to put one good photo and a review per tube (maybe put those single/double support Russians side by side?). This way the post stays as informative and easy to read as possible. If you later review more tubes remember to update this pool post also.
You have lots of useful detailed info in these four posts below, so maybe you should add some of the text into this pool also?
Thank tou very much Mr. salvatore, by the way they dont give me a manual and i discovered my problem here....
No problem. We're here to help ;) So you're confirming that T1 has enough juice to power HE-400.
He's just having fun with his tubes that's all :) I found some of those comments to be quite hilarious actually. My favorite was "another WOW effect or excuse to ask your girlfriend(s) going into your bedroom", lol. I guess for my wife these tubes are more of a turn off than a foreplay :D
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Coil, listening impressions are impressions, not objective fact. There's also a lot of variability between tubes of the same type and the headphones being used affect what's heard. I'm happy to hear anyone's impressions and opinions on audio gear. "Maybe you are just new to this tube thing and haven`t done enough analytical listening." Really? Lighten up, we're talking about a freakin' tube DAC here. Those kind of posts will discourage open discourse, especially with people new to the T1 or to this forum.
Edited by robrob - 10/18/13 at 3:04pm