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The Stax Thread III

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by currawong, Aug 20, 2013.
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  1. joseph69
     
    Right, HeadAamp needs to demo the BHSE in stock form.
    The WA33 comes with stock tubes as well.
     
  2. hpeter
    1 Big benefit is, adjust whole thing to the taste / own design..
    2 Not everything can be bought; or if it does exist -- often is too expensive.
    Then you are forced to diy.
     
  3. astrostar59

    I was Woo use expensive tubes as part of the list price. So no problem with that, but it does mean a higher running cost. Likewise with the BHSE, only they demo that as stock. I would say the best way to get the best out of the BHSE is on NOS tubes such as Mullards which I have heard it with v new issue Mullards.
     
  4. Whitigir
    Btw, these new Mullards are authentic ? Or are they knock off :D, anyone know ?
     
  5. ericj
     
    Can there be such a thing as a "new" mullard? 
     
  6. Whitigir

    Yes, I found it here :)

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/162342077813?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
     
  7. Sko0byDoo

    New Mullards made in Russia. Same name due to a bought-out. Quality of new Mullards is not the as NOS made in england.
     
  8. Whitigir

    That is good to know ! As long as they are out and about to produce these tubes, I am sure they will start to evolve in the future :D. Thanks for confirming
     
  9. VandyMan

    Looking at your profile, you don't seem to be a BHSE owner and I did not vote for you as our spokesperson. :wink: (kidding!)

    My memory is that Justin said the BHSE design is not all that sensitive to different tubes. The demand for NOS I guess is based on the idea that modern tubes are all flawed. When the tube amp revival started thirty or so years ago and few companies made tubes anymore, that was true, but is it still the case? 
     
  10. astrostar59

    Have you tried some NOS tubes? I would recommend it. The 009 is a bit bright on stock tubes. For tubes to try ask Mulveling or Purk, or TheAttorney.
     
  11. astrostar59

    The new issues are made in Russia. Pretty much all that is the same is the name. The old tubes sound very different.
     
  12. Whitigir
    How different ? The older tubes are expensive like hell :frowning2:. I wonder if it is worth the price
     
  13. bearFNF Contributor
    I like the Shuguang Treasures I am using. FWIW. :D
     
  14. Ali-Pacha
    Go Mesa Boogie. New and a bargain. Very happy with those.
     
    Check also those TheAttorney posts :
    http://www.head-fi.org/t/439657/headamp-blue-hawaii-special-edition/7680#post_12138337
    http://www.head-fi.org/t/641737/bhse-tube-rolling/30#post_12238201
    http://www.head-fi.org/t/439657/headamp-blue-hawaii-special-edition/5490#post_10691298

    Ali
     
  15. VandyMan
    Yes, with other tube amps, I have tried NOS tubes. It gave the amp a warmer sound that I associate with greater second-order harmonic distortion. It is pleasant, but there was also a loss of resolution/transparency. It tends to give bass instruments a sound that I think of as round or juicy. Not sure if that is understandable, but it is great with some tracks. However, I like the way the 009 sounds stock, more or less. I find digital EQ more useful than tube rolling because I know what I'm getting and can make exact adjustments.
     
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