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Vali 2 tube rolling

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by capt369, Jan 8, 2016.
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  1. Faber65
    Bloody hell!!!
    I am shocked!

  2. tommo21
    Well.... I thought the 6sn7 was the best sounding tube on the Vali 2, but this...this takes another step(or even two) forward. It's even more spacious and 3D sounding, with deep punchy bass. It's an unused tube, so I will let it play for 30-50 hours before I will judge more on treble extension and air. But so far it's extremely good.
    I played Paul Simons 50 ways to leave your lover, and the echo on the snaredrums in the beginning have never been so detailed and "real" as with this tube.
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  3. Grado Diesel
    What's that adaptor called and where do you get them? Looks killer!
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  4. Grado Diesel
    I just ordered my Genalex Gold Lion E88CC / 6922. I can't wait to get it. This be my first tube roll!
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  5. dbaker1981

    Good choice. So far my favorite e88cc.
  6. KoshNaranek

    If you feel the inclined, I would be interested in a direct comparison of that tube to the JJ gold. Please stop me from doing it myself.
  7. LazyBonesIH
    Bought myself another 6SN7 tube / valve it arrived today, anyone know anything about these?
    DSC_0063.jpg DSC_0062.jpg
    Must admit never heard of the make, though amused me slightly this tube / valve linked with a Schiit Vali 2.
  8. r2muchstuff
    google - Mad Man Muntz :)
    He did some crazy stuff, like make TV as cheap as possible.
  9. chef8489
    Has anyone had the chance to compare the Electro-Harmonix 6922 Gold and the Philips pCC86 tube?
  10. LazyBonesIH
    Thanks r2
    I did google him, certainly a colourful character.
    Looks like someone mispelled the tube name, makes me wonder if it is a Tung-Sol as also written.
  11. r2muchstuff
    I have two Tung Sol 6SN7 GTB and they sound excellent in the Vali 2.
    Check the codes on the glass and construction of tube, you may need to research Tung Sol tube info or at least 6SN7 info.  Only way to be sure what you have.
    Otherwise, just plug them in an listen to music.
  12. HOWIE13
    It has the Tung-Sol 332 code and the rest of the numbers probably indicate that the tube was made by the third shift of the day in the 37th week of 1963.
    It's a very nice Tung-Sol tube -I use them quite a lot- euphonic and engaging for me.
  13. LazyBonesIH
    Wow HOWIE13, thank you, it makes it about one year older than this foreign born celt. I do appreciate your efforts and advice.
    Thank you
  14. HOWIE13
    My pleasure. [​IMG]
  15. rgmffn
    Chalk up another Gold Lion fan.  Although I already have these..
    Stock - ITT 6BQ7A (Japan)
                JJ6922 / E88CC
                EH- 6922  (2)
                Tesla E88CC
                EH- 6CG7
                National 7DJ8
                BEL E88CC NOS tube made in India in the late 60s/early70s (a Philips clone)
    I was itchin' to try something else. [​IMG]
    I've been using the BEL pretty much exclusively for the past 6mos or so. I've gone back occasionally to experiment with some of the others, but usually put the BEL back in there in short order. It's been the best sounding tube I have for my HE-400i's without question. 
    I got the Gold Lion about a week ago.  I instantly liked what I heard.  It was a fuller sounding tube, bigger soundstage.  This, was after only about 10 min of warmup though.  I listened to a couple albums. But I noticed there was a veil, especially noticeable with vocals.  I put the BEL tube back in to confirm it. Yep!  The BEL tube is soo clean, clear and forward sounding.  Although sometimes a little sharp, with the somewhat bright sounding 400i's.
    I put the Gold Lion back in the Vali 2 and left it burn in overnight. When I got back, probably 15 hrs or so to give it another listen, the veil was all but gone! It just opened up to a great soundstage, improved bass response, and nice and smooth sounding overall. And bit warmer. Top end was just perfect. It sounds more tubey, than the BEL for sure.  It really matches up nicely with the 400i's as they are fast and sometimes a little bright if you're not careful with what you're pairing with. The more tubey sound really improved them for the better. They are not noted for having much soundstage either. ++  I think it's a great match.
    I've been going through some of my collection and it's like they say, it's almost like hearing it for the first time. again! :) 
    Given the price of the BEL, the Gold Lion is now my recommended tube for those looking for an upgrade to the stock one.
    I'm really liking it!
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