Don`t forget to make mkII filter mod, without it there is no comparsion. Btw, I have HD-681 and HD662F if you wanted to order same cans. I don`t have 668b.
For me that humble-pie-eating-attitude already says pretty much about your future opinion. Value in upgrade is each person own to decide. These are our personal opinions and noone can say that yours is "better" than mine. Propably we just have to agree to disagree. But enough of offtopic.
Anyway, got my Mullard ECC88 (BVA, Imported, GAG, delta5D2, A-frame dimple disc getter). First impressions - very good tube for rock/metal/jazz.
Similiar to my Amperex ECC88/6DJ8. Will rest my ears and burn that tube littlebit, will get more detailed info tonight/tomorrow. One thing is sure - it is among 3 best tubes I have.
Honestly I can be smug when I'm sure I'm right, but that has never stopped me from being objective. Basically I will test that if the AKG K242HD is worth twice the price with the T1, and to make things harder - twice the clarity, since value is subjective.
Well, the T1 came in.
I was a little surprised on the tube. It's labeled:
6922EH Electro Harmonix - Made in Russia - 12 02
Which I believe is an upgrade, though I did not see anything about that when I ordered.
Couple pics: (I got the black version)
I've literally listened to like two songs with my new K702's (maybe 30 hours break-in)
Its sounds amazing to me already. Volume dial is around 25% when I'm listening.
QUESTION: The switch on back is labeled "SW" - is this an actual power switch? The tube goes dark if I flip it, but I don't know if its actually cutting power.
Its gonna take me a while to break it in and really get some opinions, but at first glance - I'm extremely happy.
High current + decent voltage + colouration = heaven for AKG's