What tubes are people using these days?

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Offline dhherring

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on: May 08, 2024, 11:50:44 AM
Looking to roll some tubes in my original Eros, and am wondering what EF86's and 6922's are being used these days.

Especially interested in the best price/performance from the tubes that are currently available (given the insane $$$ some of these things are going for).



Vinyl: Technics SL-1200GR2 w/Denon DL-110 -> Eros Phono Pre -> Stereomour -> Klipsch Heresys
Digital: Jriver MC/Tidal -> Schiit Bifrost 2/64 -> Mainline -> Sennheiser HD-650

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Reply #1 on: May 08, 2024, 12:29:13 PM
IME the best price/performance are the eastern European tubes we supply with the kits. To go very far beyond that performance-wise you start to get into spendy Telefunken, Amperex, Siemens and Mullard types. To go up appreciably from the stock tubes in terms of sonics I typically end up with Tele EF806s and an Amperex 7308 or Telefunken E88CC. They are very spendy these days. Tungsram 6922s are nice and not too spendy.

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