Snoop65 wrote:MRHP wrote:Alright, I bought some Jan Phillips 6922 ECC88 green label's for $39.99. Im going to try them out and see if I can hear a difference before trying the much higher Amperex gold pins. Thanks for everybodys help. There is a wealth of knowledge on this forum.
Those are great tubes. They were my favorites before I got into Amperex tubes. Enjoy!
Also got a set of NOS Mullard ECC88 before trying anything. I have read somewhere on the forum to let a young person listen along with you to get their unbiased opinion. So I had my 12yr old son who has taken an interest in my stereo equipment (Dad can I push the power buttons!). We listened to Keith Richards "Wicked as it seems".
We listened to the stock tubes first then the Mullards, then the Jan Phillips. We went back and forth several times making sure of what we heard. I always let him give his opinion first and I pretty much agreed with him on each occasion.
Here was our verdict: The Mullards instantly showed better bass, read fuller bass and we later discovered they were more defined and detailed in a subtle way. Much better than the stock tubes and would probably sound good with loud music with alot of noisy cymbal. Then we put in the Jan Phillips, keep in mind Im running DQ10's which have a slightly flat muffled sound on their own. The Jan Phillips instantly brought out the highs and seemed to bring the 10's to life, still with good tight bass. My 8yr old daughter said that now the music sounds more "projected". The Jans win for now.
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