Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register
Decware Audio Forums
11/24/14 at 13:47:38


Pages: 1
Send Topic Print
Gold Pins (Read 1019 times)
BLFST
Senior Member
***




Posts: 71
Gold Pins
01/31/10 at 23:56:31
 
Just a general question - can anyone tell me if there really is a difference in a given tube with gold pins vs the same tube with standard pins?  I am primarily interested in a reduction of the noise floor, but am curious as to other improvements.  I am looking at 12ax7 tubes.

Thanks in advance.

bill
Back to top
 
 
  IP Logged
Lon
Seasoned Member
****


"Love without
guts is
worthless!"
Philip K. D*ck

Posts: 7809
Re: Gold Pins
Reply #1 - 02/01/10 at 02:04:06
 
They might stay clean longer?  That would be the biggest difference is my guess.
Back to top
 
 

Decware:ERR,HR-1,ZP3,CSP2+,Torii Mk III,PS Audio PWT+DS,PowerBases,PPP,AC-12 pcs, Denon DVD-A1UDCI, Rega RP3 +TTPSU,white belt+Exact2, VooDoo Cable:Stradivarius, Ultra Linear+Evo ICs, Iso-Pods,Mapleshade:Double Heiix Plus,Samsonv2+v3 +4" platforms,Herbie's Iso-Cup
  IP Logged
Doorman
Seasoned Member
****


"pouring from
the empty into the
void"

Posts: 426
Re: Gold Pins
Reply #2 - 02/01/10 at 02:29:28
 
Gold would be used for it's conductive properties. Maybe less corrosion.
Don
Back to top
 
« Last Edit: 02/01/10 at 02:30:12 by Doorman »  

Decware SE34I w/ CCE mod, ZCD, Heybrook/Linn/Clearaudio, Hagerman,
Goertz/Wireworld/cat-5/MarkAudio Alpair 10.2 drivers
(eN) in DIY Mar-Ken cabs
  IP Logged
BLFST
Senior Member
***




Posts: 71
Re: Gold Pins
Reply #3 - 02/01/10 at 04:52:27
 
Thanks for your replies.  Your replies basically parallel my own thoughts.  That is one reason that I never bought any gold pin tubes.  But I saw a comparison chart of current production 12ax7 tubes on line earlier that compared the tubes in both gain and noise.  To my surprise, a gold pin tube really outperformed its standard pin counterpart.  I don't know how the tests were done, but it made me curious it the gold pins did offer any improvements.

Thanks.

bill
Back to top
 
 
  IP Logged
Steve Deckert
Administrator
*****


If the 1st watt
sucks why continue?

Posts: 2439
Re: Gold Pins
Reply #4 - 02/01/10 at 12:26:21
 
Back in 2002 I tried the EI gold pin tubes in our amps and found that the diameter of the pins was larger.  This made me think the gold plating was an addition to the standard pin plating - or more of an afterthought if you will.  I could be wrong.  Bottom line is, once you inserted one into a 9 pin socket, the socket adjusted to the fatter pins and never gripped stock tubes tightly again after that.  This whole thing could have been a fluke, but after 2002 I gave up on them.

Steve
Back to top
 
« Last Edit: 02/01/10 at 12:27:02 by Steve Deckert »  
WWW   IP Logged
Rivieraranch
Seasoned Member
****




Posts: 1274
Re: Gold Pins
Reply #5 - 02/01/10 at 12:27:02
 
As with a lot of audio junk, gold pinned tubes are primarily a status item, an ego buy, or whatever. The minor benefits of any are far offset by the cost.
Back to top
 
 

DECWARE CSP2+, TABOO MK III; SE84CKC; HR1; TRAPEZIUM DESKTOP SPEAKERS; TECHNICS SL1200MK5 turntable; Ah! Njoe Tjoeb CD player; MARANTZ 2226B, 2216B receivers; SENNHEISER HD-580 headphones
  IP Logged
BLFST
Senior Member
***




Posts: 71
Re: Gold Pins
Reply #6 - 02/01/10 at 22:31:16
 
Thankyou both for your additional posts.  I remember you (Steve) telling someone in a post quite a while back who was having socket problems that gold pins could have been the culprit (another reason that I have stayed away from them so far).  I guess that until I read or hear that there is a distinct difference in gold pins, that I will stay with the status quo.

Thanks.

bill
Back to top
 
 
  IP Logged
Pages: 1
Send Topic Print