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What, in your opinion is the best vacuum tube regardless of family you have heard in any amp?

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Tung sol 5998 tubes to me sound really good.  I have heard it in 3~4 different amps and they all sounded really good.

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Ty 4 the response
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3a/167

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I used to be partial to Amperex white labels but lately a set of Gold Lions in my Shiit Lyr are winning my time.  :)

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I used to be partial to Amperex white labels but lately a set of Gold Lions in my Shiit Lyr are winning my time.  smily_headphones1.gif
Hmmm what r ur impressions on Amperex vs. gold lions
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Telefunken at the moment ...

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Hmmm what r ur impressions on Amperex vs. gold lions

Normally I love the midrange on the Amperex 6922's (I have a set from 1964) but in the Lyr they just did not sound right.  They were strained and almost distorted sounding, as if the amp was driving them too hard.  I swapped in a new build set of Genelex Gold Loin ECC88's and the clarity returned, plus the Gold Lions had much better bass.  It could be just the way the particular sets I own worked in the Lyr because the Amperex set went back into my main stereo preamp and they sounded as sweet as always.  But the Gold Lions sounded good so I'm sticking with them for the Lyr.  Plus they are relatively inexpensive so that's a plus.  :)

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Thats interesting because if I remember correctly the tubes are just for gain right?
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Not sure.  All I know is that what I heard. 

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Thats interesting because if I remember correctly the tubes are just for gain right?


A tube's performance depends greatly on the circuit.  If it's properly optimized for the tube in hand, then fine.  If not, then you're going to get distortion/performance differences.

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