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Reply #15 - 12/22/13 at 00:02:06
 
Hi Lonely Raven--

The tube is a United Electronics Corp. 596 tube. A direct replacement for a 5U4. The description says that it's a high-altitude version of the 1641. http://www.radiomuseum.org/tubes/tube_596.html

Currently it is very hard to find and expensive. It was about $18 year ago and now it commands well over $150 a tube. I really like the sound but I also think some Tung-Sol and RCA 5U4GB tubes sound equally as impressive. [img][/img]
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Reply #16 - 12/24/13 at 06:17:08
 

Thank you for that, it certainly looks cool. I remember seeing them on eBay at reasonable prices, but don't see any now.
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Reply #17 - 09/12/15 at 02:09:52
 
Clayton how close is the E80CC to a 12AU7 and does Steve recommend it if it can be obtained?
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Reply #18 - 09/12/15 at 02:28:58
 
The Philips SQ E80CC has a slightly warmer sound than most 12AU7s that I've used in the amp. I don't know if Steve has recommend it but other high-end amp makers like Woo Audio have stated that their amps can use the E80CC in place of the 12AU7 with no problem. A pair of them have been in my Mini Torii (8/2011) for four years with no problems whatsoever.
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Reply #19 - 09/12/15 at 03:02:04
 
they have more power so is that noticeable?
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Reply #20 - 09/12/15 at 03:55:23
 
I can tell that there is a slight boost in power. It is a fuller sound rather than a bigger sound. A nice bump. Are you able to find a pair to try out? I got mine a few years ago and they were about $110 for a matched pair and a bit less for unmatched. I'm not that picky so I got a bunch that were matched and a few that were unmatched.
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Reply #21 - 09/12/15 at 04:01:58
 
I don't need a matched pair as I'm thinking about using it on my zp3 in place of the 12au7  I'm going to see if a local place has them that deals with old military electronics and has military spec tubes as well as others. just checking out if they are worth a try cost may decide. I'm putting together a second set for when these ware out.
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Reply #22 - 09/12/15 at 04:56:08
 
Clayton, if you had it to decide on one would you pick the mini tori over a super zen ? I'm saving up for a, of course Decware amp. I have a mmf7.1 that I love and a zp3.  thanks,  Darrell
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Reply #23 - 09/12/15 at 05:11:30
 
Darrell, I have the ZP3 as well. You can't go wrong either way. My amps are from 2011 so I don't know what the newer versions sound like. Other variables come to mind as well: speakers, headphones, room size, etc. The Mini Torii is great with efficient loud speakers which is how I now listen to them. The Zen Triode is a very good amp amp.
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Reply #24 - 09/12/15 at 05:18:36
 
Thanks.......Decisions! My speakers are 94 to 96 DB so I could use either
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Reply #25 - 09/12/15 at 05:26:08
 
If you are primarily a speaker user, then I would definitely go for the Mini Torii. I am listening to it right now with my Zu Audio Omens. Nicely paired.
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Reply #26 - 09/12/15 at 05:29:54
 
I don't like head phones for long listening sessions too hot.    some day I will have to post my system when I get where I want it to go
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Reply #27 - 09/12/15 at 05:32:43
 
I agree. I hate being tethered to headphones. Music should be enjoyed while sitting comfortably in front of the speakers or occasionally roaming the room. Good luck! And whatever you decide to get, you can't go wrong with Decware.
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Reply #28 - 09/13/15 at 00:44:17
 
I like your whit tops they look nice together.  I was able to pick up two JAN 6189 made by Sylvania in 1-68 but no E80CC's to be had.    I will have to decide if they are worth the price if I can find them.   this 6189 sounds pretty good though!
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Reply #29 - 10/05/15 at 16:57:49
 
Amazing set! Shocked
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