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Darkvoice 336i & 336SE Tuberolling PartII

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by heatfan12, Jul 31, 2008.
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  1. JKDJedi
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/MATCHED-PA...a:g:LbcAAOSwVmVbb0Wv:rk:1:pf:1&frcectupt=true Warm tubes should, the few Philco tubes I have a very warm and organic sounding.. get a matching warm power tube and I'd say your good! I don't have one (yet) but the 5998 are said to be the cats meow. :wink:
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  2. ggillies
    What he said.. ^^^ I got mine from that exact seller and that exact Ad on eBay. These tubes look brand new; in great shape.
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  3. ggillies
    The newest 6SN7 tube I got is very nice, coming in second place behind my Philips JAN 6SN7WGTA; it's a Raytheon 6SN7GT 2 hole black plate, I'm not sure of the vintage/age of the tube. [​IMG]

    So far, of all the combinations I have tested, the top pair by a LONG shot are the Tung-Sol 7236 paired with the Philips JAN 6SN7WGTA. I tried the Chatham JAN CAHG 6AS7G along with a few of my 6SN7s and although good, it's not going to unseat the Tung-Sol 7236.

    The Tung-Sol 7236 paired with the Philips JAN 6SN7WGTA is phenomenal; head and shoulders above the rest in my particular setup. It's an amazing combination of deep, controlled bass, with great, crisp decay, beautiful tonality but accurate, and the highs/treble is spot-on but not harsh or over-bright. By far the best overall balance, yet also the best lows, midrange and highs.

    This combo is simultaneously Jack of all trades and master of ALL.

    Count me supremely satisfied with it.
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  4. ggillies
    P.S. Just to let you guys know how seriously I love the Tung-Sol 7236, I just bought 4 more NOS off eBay.
  5. JKDJedi
    4 of the 7236..Nice. I'm done shopping for now.. Have 3 coming in that should hold me over till the summer. The Philips made by Mullard and 2 Preamps.. Kinda over extended my budget since getting the Darkvoice336se.. :D have to tie a nut! As the wifey says it..
  6. ggillies
    I don't even bother telling my wife; discretionary income needs discretion! I bought 4, because #1 I freaking love the tube, but also #2 I want to stock up in case they become rare, or shoot up in price. Gotta have some spares.

    Cheers and thanks for all the positive feedback and discussions; nice to run into smart, fun people on the Internet.
  7. JKDJedi
    Hey thank you just the same..i might end up buying one from you :)
  8. dobigstuff
    Use 7236 or 5998 for Power Tube for best Bass. If you can find a NOS Western Electric 421 A they are the best.
    Here is what I settled on:
    Western Electric 421 A.jpg
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  9. JKDJedi
    That is a very clean 421A tube if I ever saw one. They are a needle in a haystack right now (unless you have the $320 for the 80's build). I don't https://www.ebay.com/itm/153372416594
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  10. JKDJedi
    to much wine can be bad for ya.. :D never mind
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  11. Gallic Dweller
    Sylvester H,
    if you want bass in a 6SN7 there is only really Ken Rad, I've got some NOS, PM me. Also got loads of different 6SN7,
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  12. dobigstuff
    I settled on the NOS USA Tung Sol 6SN7 Driver.
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  13. JKDJedi
    Which cans do you prefer for the Darkvoice? See you have 3 to choose from, any of them preferred with the Darkvoice336se?
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  14. ggillies
    I have to say, that I have the Ken Rad JAN-CKR-6SN7GT VT-231, and on MY setup it is behind the Philips JAN-6SN7WGTA, and the Raytheon 6SN7GT 2 hole that I have, in terms of bass extension, depth and accuracy. Again, I am driving a pair of Focal Clears and a pair of Oppo Digital PM3s, so if I was using another pair of headphones, my experience might be different.

    I borrowed a pair of my buddy's HiFiMan Sundara headphones and didn't much care for them. They were open and airy and had a good soundstage, but were recessed in the midrange and VERY bass-light.

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  15. dobigstuff
    With the Darkvoice I use the HD 700's.
    Tube Headphone Amps (OTL) like Woo and Little Dot as well are great for Headphones 150 ohms or greater.
    The LCD-XC, although only 20 ohms and can be driven by many Amps and portable amps, really shine with a powerful balanced Amp
    Good Luck
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