Originally Posted by iancraig10
Imo, some get a bit carried away by tubes. There was one character I saw on another site, who spent as much money on tubes as the amp. He never settled with one. Overrated activity, I think.
Differences are quite subtle and there is really no need to spend a packet on tubes to get a slightly different flavour, it would be a more dramatic difference if you changed headphones with the same mo ey you'd use for tubes. Having said that, there is bound to be someone who hears a massive difference with whatever tube ..... But they spent money on it, so they won't be exactly objective about improvements.
I think that many differences are overstated on many occasions with many people becoming curious and just rolling tube after tube for no real reason.
While the differences are subtle the gains are appreciable, I have bought and sold my share of tubes for the Ember, not sorry I did, I found what I was looking for, while most of the tubes I used were okay, some were much better, now settled on the 6SN7's, and while I do on occasion switch back to the 9 pins, for a while, the 6SN7's are enough better to make the money spent worthwhile, I feel I am getting the maximum out of this amp and I enjoy them, with the hd650 phones. Small steps add up to larger gains overall, your milage may vary.