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Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by silent one, Mar 9, 2012.
  1. DecentLevi
    Thanks to a recommendation from someone here recently I won an auction for this pair of metal RCA VT-94 (6J5) for only $5. I take it this metal version is comparable to the Sylvania glass VT-94D's with metal base - or at least a good 6J5?
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  2. 2359glenn
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  3. leftside
    5693 to C3g adapter for the 300B amp as well? I presume not.
  4. GDuss
    I've been having really good luck lately with these metal RCA 6J5s, especially the VT-94s. I have quite a few of them now, and some Ken Rad and TS 6J5s as well. Having said that, I'm currently listening to 4x 6BX7s (because I'm 2 short of a 6-pack :)) and a pair of metal RCA 6C5s (which are surprisingly quiet with no jumper in the adapter). I tried these 6C5s a few nights ago with a pair of TS 5998s and they were quiet, so I decided to up the amplification to 6BX7s and see how it did. They're still great. I got these 6C5s at 4 for $6 and they could give way more expensive tubes a run for the money. Like I said a month ago or so, I probably shouldn't talk about this as if we all start saying it, prices will go up. But there are a lot of them around right now, much cheaper than the 6SN7s.

    Thanks to @mordy and @JazzVinyl for suggesting these. @L0rdGwyn too, for making the convincing statement of changing the C3g slots to 6J5 (and then selling his 6SN7s).

    And in the spirit of @chrisdrop , this post is brought to you by Soulive's album "Live at the Blue Note Tokyo". Sorry Chris, no Tidal link.
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  5. 2359glenn
    Yes that tube will work in the 300B amp but I have no idea how it sounds. think it is similar to a 6SJ7.
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  6. GDuss
    Now I'm listening to Jimmie Vaughan Trio, Live at C-Boy's. Sounds like I'm in the club while this is being recorded. The only way I know that I'm not actually there is that the drinks are cheaper, and there is no line for the bathroom :smile_phones:.
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  7. UsoppNoKami
    Nice mate, thanks for the info :)
  8. DecentLevi
    Cool post... but you said you've been having especially good luck with the metal VT-94s then went on to talk about the RCA 6C5 - this threw me for a curve ball. Which one did you prefer and why?
  9. GDuss
    At this point I doubt I could distinguish a metal RCA 6C5 from a metal RCA 6J5 in a blind listening test. Maybe they sound different but I can't say that yet. So I'm basically putting them together in the same category of enjoyment vs price. And yes, I've had good luck with the VT-94 versions of the 6J5, and the VT-65 versions of the 6C5.

    As has been mentioned already on this thread, I'm not sure if the Ken Rad and Tung Sol metal 6J5s I have are actually made by KR and TS, or whether they're just RCAs, but they're good too.

    Have you listened to yours yet? If so, what do you think?
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  10. DecentLevi
    Great, so these are all in the same league of performance. Nope I'm just building a nifty collection of tubes (in addition to my current for the Euforia tube amp) in anticipation for my upcoming GOTC SET amp (Glenn output-transformerless single ended triode) GEL3N-based amp.

    Anyone got to hear my latin music on the last of the previous page?
  11. Zachik
    Just to clarify:
    I was only drawn to these due to their REALLY cool red color!! No idea how they sound :)
    From a quick search online - the 5693 are the military rugged version of 6SJ7, so I assume they should sound somewhat similar.

    Glenn - while waiting for my masterpiece (a.k.a. 6EL3N), I am becoming too bored for my own good... :wink:
  12. chrisdrop
    After @mordy's enthusiasm for the RCA metal encased 6J5s last week, a few days back I put these in. I am glad to see that others here are also enjoying them.


    My general conclusion is that they are every bit as good as the Sylvania GTs that I had in last week. I am really having a hard time .. finding 6J5s that aren't really pleasing. I be surprised if there are not more @L0rdGwyn style c3g -> 6J5 amp requests in the future.
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  13. Monsterzero
    I believe UntilThen used those reds in his old La Figaro 339 and liked them
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  14. whirlwind
    Just rolled in the 53KU this morning.....listening to Peter Frampton Band - All Blues with LCD-3 pre-fazor


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  15. L0rdGwyn
    Speaking of of Loewe Opta, I'm continuing to expand my REN904 collection with this pair. Pre Philips acquisition with Opta branding, pretty cool.

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