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edtyre
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What tubes sound the best in your SE84CKC?
02/18/14 at 00:42:36
 
Just got my new Zen and i am very happy with the stock sound driving my vintage Altec Lansing Laguna's. Surprised at the loudness level for just the two watts :)

For a little better sound i have replaced the stock rectifier with a NOS Mullard GZ-32 and the input tube with NOS Amperex 7308, but changing the output tubes to some other EL-84's.the sound is worse. Even with
some really good vintage tubes, i have found the sound to the best with
the stock Russian Rockets. With the EL-84's the volume level seems a lot lower and there a muddy sound with a tad of distortion. YUCK!!

What are others using?
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Re: What tubes sound the best in your SE84CKC?
Reply #1 - 02/18/14 at 00:47:31
 
I know you're aware that the sound will change a lot as your new amp
settles in. This can take some time, so while it's tempting to start tube swapping straightaway, what sounds " off " today may be much more
involving down the road.
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Re: What tubes sound the best in your SE84CKC?
Reply #2 - 02/18/14 at 01:51:02
 
Doorman i appreciate the fast reply and i agree the amp will sound different in the future, but tell me what tubes you are using like i asked.

I have 3 other tube amps including a SE34I.2, which i switched out the
stock tubes the first day i got it for vintage tubes and now it's 6 years later and the vintage tubes still sound WAY better than the originals.
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Re: What tubes sound the best in your SE84CKC?
Reply #3 - 02/18/14 at 01:59:00
 
I only use 6P15P-EV output tubes.
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Re: What tubes sound the best in your SE84CKC?
Reply #4 - 02/18/14 at 02:37:12
 
The CKC pushed the limits of the 6922 type input tube so I doubt that the 7308 would do better than the 6N1P-EV
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