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So, what are your thoughts on this tube?
Having a little fun with a 1957 6SN7
after spending some months going back and forth to the EH 6922 Gold pin and to EH 6CG7 a few days back I switched to the stock tube and I find it quite good... actually the most balanced of the three
the 6922 is more laid back and smooth
the 6CG7 is faster, somehow in your face (in a good manner) but somehow grainy,
and the stock somewhere in the middle with a more coherent sound stage...
also the stock is the most resistive to a strange RF like buzz I get from the other two... actually the noise changes depending of the tube
I wish I could try some more but I do not want to spend more money just to experiment...
I did start a vintage tube tour thread that no one seems interested in. https://www.head-fi.org/f/threads/vali-2-tube-pass-of-2017.855165/
It is not that I am not interested in your generous offer, it is that I don't have the time to take advantage of it.
I wish I could be involved in this endeavor, but I have far too much going on. Thank you for your kind generosity. I wish you good karma.
If anyone is interested in a premium top tier tube for an excellent price. Here's a listing I just posted.
WHat makes it one of the best in your opinion?
I've been through all the top tubes that the 6922/E88CC family has to offer.
From Siemens CCa, Tele E188CC, to Philips Heerlen pinched waist.
Out of all the top tubes , the Valvo Heerlen has the most engaging midrange out of all of them. Comparable soundstage of the Siemens, but with better depth and holography. Very vivid 3D imaging.
I wouldn't be parting with it if I didn't need the funds due to my pad purchasing madness the past 3 days. Lol.
Also, I don't sell anything on here for profit. I sell everything for what it cost me, to give others an opportunity to save $ . This tube was part of a pair that I got in a trade. That trade set me back $130. So now someone has a chance to own one of the best for less. I'll send it off to ebay if a few days if no interest. It's almost impossible to get this tube for under $100 on the web, let alone find one.
Pad as in ear pads or pad as in pipe aquisation disorder?
Pads for my HE560's. Lol.
Here's what Brent Jesse, one of the most knowledgeable people regarding tubes, has to say about the yellow Valvos.
Might as well buy a Mjolnir.
(*) Yeah I saw you're selling them for $65. It's the original price that busted my balls.
Hi, I purchased some K7XXS and wanted an amp that would warm it up, but was still clear and accurate when I was told about the Vali 2. I was wondering, since I know little about audio and less about tubes, if you all had any suggestions as to the tubes I should buy for this particular amp headphone combo. Thank you!
JUst take the time and read throug the whole thread and learn a bit. Also give this a read http://www.audiotubes.com/6dj8.htm . It will teach you a bit about most of the tubes you wont need an adapter for.
Pretty much what chef8489 wrote. There are a few cheat sheets around the thread, but like everything in audio, there's an aspect of personal taste and preferences.
The path I took:
1. Look at tube pricing (TubeDepot and the likes) and decide what's reasonable. I personally didn't check the specs beyond Schiit's "6DJ8, 6922, ECC88, 2492" note. There are more, perhaps better.
2. Look for comments on the tubes in this thread and on the internet.
3. Buy one or two of the favourites.
If you're in a rush, it's generally agreed that the Electro-Harmonix 6CG7 is a warm(er) sounding tube than the Vali 2's stock one.