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post #31 of 42
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Originally Posted by koolas View Post

No one mentioning Sylvania tubes, while I think they are really good.

Here's the link to ebay seller:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Matched-Pair-Sylvania-NOS-NIB-JAN-CHS-6AK5W-6J1-EF95-tubes-1942-Little-Dot-/201101819304?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item2ed29a3da8

In case link didn't work here is the name of the product:

Sylvania NOS/NIB JAN CHS-6AK5W/6J1/EF95 tubes

I'm still interested in knowing if there is anyone besides me who tried those, and what are the thoughts rolleyes.gif

 

I've tried the Sylvania JAN-CHS tubes, but did not care for them much compared to other tubes.

 

I tried to find the right headphones to match up to them, without much success. They did sound best with the Audio-Technica AD2000X cans among those I tried (the others I tried were: Denon AH-D7000; ; Audio-Technica AD2000; Senn HD-800).  Everything seemed to lack bass, and I am definitely not a basshead. Also one tube was very microphonic.

 

Perhaps they just needed some burn-in time, which I did not really give them.  I immediately switched back to Telefunkens.

 

I have also had great results with Cifte, Mullard and Russian/Voskhod tubes.


Edited by R Scott Ireland - 7/30/14 at 8:51am
post #32 of 42
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Originally Posted by R Scott Ireland View Post

I've tried the Sylvania JAN-CHS tubes, but did not care for them much compared to other tubes.

I tried to find the right headphones to match up to them, without much success. They did sound best with the Audio-Technica AD2000X cans among those I tried (the others I tried were: Denon AH-D7000; ; Audio-Technica AD2000; Senn HD-800).  Everything seemed to lack bass, and I am definitely not a basshead. Also one tube was very microphonic.

Perhaps they just needed some burn-in time, which I did not really give them.  I immediately switched back to Telefunkens.

I have also had great results with Cifte, Mullard and Russian/Voskhod tubes.

True, Sylvania is so microphonic that I have to isolate Pan Am from my desk, because otherwise I can hear every mouse click or key press.

I find interesting that your Sylvania didn't do well bass, in my case I find it very good, and in general I prefer them over Mullards, which sound too metallic to me. Maybe there are different versions / editions of Sylvania tubes. Mine are military from 1942 (ones from the link above), what were yours?

Also, I would like to try some new tube - which of those two would you recommend me to try next: Voskhods or Telefunkens?
Edited by koolas - 7/30/14 at 3:08pm
post #33 of 42
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Originally Posted by koolas View Post


True, Sylvania is so microphonic that I have to isolate Pan Am from my desk, because otherwise I can hear every mouse click or key press.

I find interesting that your Sylvania didn't do well bass, in my case I find it very good, and in general I prefer them over Mullards, which sound too metallic to me. Maybe there are different versions / editions of Sylvania tubes. Mine are military from 1942 (ones from the link above), what were yours?

Also, I would like to try some new tube - which of those two would you recommend me to try next: Voskhods or Telefunkens?

 

That's so odd - my tubes are exactly the same from the same seller - 1942 JAN-CHS military tubes. Go figure!

 

I have to say that overall, I find almost every set of tubes I've tried with the Pan Am to be excellent (except my Sylvanias - wish I had yours!). Although I do have some Hytrons that I haven't tried yet.

 

At any rate, so far my "best of the best" are the Telefunkens.  But the Voskhod Rockets and Cifte's are not far behind - they are all quite enjoyable with a variety of headphones..

post #34 of 42
I just ordered these:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131032963018

They say they were made by Voskhod in 80's. Gonna see how they are smily_headphones1.gif
post #35 of 42
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Originally Posted by koolas View Post

I just ordered these:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131032963018

They say they were made by Voskhod in 80's. Gonna see how they are smily_headphones1.gif

 

My bet is that you'll like them.  Enjoy!

post #36 of 42
Goodbye Pan Am! ALO is phasing it out!

From ALO:

"Thank you for your e-mail.

We are phasing out the PanAm, therefore we will not be restocking the PanAm in any colors.

New development for products are always in the works, however a PanAm replacement is not in the immediate future.

Sorry for the inconvenience. Please let us know if you have any other questions and we'd gladly help.

Best regards, "
post #37 of 42
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Originally Posted by R Scott Ireland View Post

My bet is that you'll like them.  Enjoy!

I just received two pairs. I'm testing them now. As far I kinda like Sylvania more... These Voskhods have more punchy low-low-end, and less harassing high-high-treble, but they also have more relaxed mids. In general with Alpha Dogs they sound like perfect match, since Alphas have this peak at 10kHz, which I have to EQ, when using Sylvania.

However, I have the feeling that Sylvania are louder, and their low-end is little higher freq than Voskhods, but its still deep down in sub bass, and Sylvania mids are more emphasized, they hurt more smily_headphones1.gif
So with Sylvania my setup sounds like listening to monitor speakers, and with Voskhods it sounds more like in a venue where there is some damping.

Both tubes present similar level of sound quality. Though in my subjective feeling Sylvania delivers more detail, but this is truly subjective. The detail delivered by Voskhods is also very impressive.

The difference between Sylvania and Voskhods is like difference between NAD and Denon house sound, both good, but both different - and I do actually like both smily_headphones1.gif

My setup need to be mentioned here:

Spotify in HQ (320kbps) + VSTHost + iDSD nano + Pan Am + Alpha Dogs

I tried VSTHost with direct IN-OUT connection, as well with my default plugin chain, which is:

IN --> TB_EQ (+3dB 60Hz, -3dB 500Hz, +3dB 4kHz) --> TB_Isone (Far Field + Hi-Fi speakers, 18deg, low cut at 40Hz) --> TB_EQ (+3dB 5.5kHz, -6dB 10kHz, +6dB 15kHz) --> OUT
post #38 of 42
After few hours of burn-in Voskhods sound refined a bit.

This song http://open.spotify.com/track/2UH8pxa81XfxMTRJYuPEdk sounds pretty amazing smily_headphones1.gif
post #39 of 42
I see different point of view saying it's not necessary to get some matched tubes especially with ef 95 does it makes sense ?
(having 5 % tolerance)
Edited by TontonJoK - 8/27/14 at 9:43am
post #40 of 42
I am trying to find tubes with highs emphasis, nice medium and excellent low end, i'll give the Telefunken a try
post #41 of 42

 

 

Mullards doin' it right with both the SennGrados and Siemens with the DT880 Pros.


Edited by JoeDoe - 9/3/14 at 5:22am
post #42 of 42
For any Pan Am users that are interested, I'm selling a few sets of NOS tubes. P.m. for information.
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