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Help choosing a quad of 6SN7 tubes

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Posted on January 11, 2017 at 14:44:12
scruffy_
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I just purchased a Schiit Freya preamp that's being used with Magnepan speakers and it's on the bright side. Can anybody suggest some tubes that will tame the brightness?

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RE: Help choosing a quad of 6SN7 tubes, posted on January 11, 2017 at 15:59:18
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What tubes are in it now?

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RE: Help choosing a quad of 6SN7 tubes, posted on January 11, 2017 at 16:37:06
Chip647
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They would appear to be Schiit.

 

They are unmarked. , posted on January 11, 2017 at 16:45:02
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I only have about 30 hours on them, so they may tame by themselves after a few hundred hours. I really like this preamp in that it does not distort my choral music other than making it a little too bright. I'm using an equalizer to tame them now from my computer and I love listening to my music.

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RE: Help choosing a quad of 6SN7 tubes, posted on January 11, 2017 at 16:58:17
Eli Duttman
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Agreed. Older Russian and Chinese 6SN7 "equivalents" are guano. OTOH, New Sensor's current production "reissue" TungSol made in Saratov, Russia, is good.

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RE: RCA 6SN7, posted on January 11, 2017 at 17:44:19
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If you want to get USA made, which frankly are some of the best for price, IME, RCA seems to be a more laid back type tube. There are NOS available here and there. You would probably need to make a purchase or 2 to get 4. The "black glass" type are usually expensive even used and maybe microphonic. Make sure you know what to look for so you don't get ripped off. Also if your preamp is new there will be some time that it needs to burn in before the sound settles down.

 

How Do You Know It's the Tubes?, posted on January 12, 2017 at 08:37:50
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Whan an amp or preamp doesn't sound right, the first thing I do is measure frequency response and distortion. It's a shot in the dark changing anything until that's done, and measurements are a lot cheaper than a quad of NOS 6SN7s.




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It's not the tubes!, posted on January 13, 2017 at 10:37:49
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There was a midrange glare, but only on a few CDs that did not create any problem when I had my passive preamp installed, and I mistakenly called it "brightness" which people attribute to higher frequencies. It only occurred on a few female vocals and some piano. I now attribute this glare to poor recordings, but I'm still a little mystified why these CDs did not seem to have any glare with my passive preamp. I did order some used RCA 6SN7GTB getter tubes, but I'm now kicking myself because I now believe that they will probably restrict the extended frequencies and color the midrange.

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RE: It's not the tubes!, posted on January 13, 2017 at 12:41:27
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Well with a change in high frequencies per original post order Sylvania 6SN7GTA, The 'GTA' guarantees 1950-1953 era tubes. These tubes are ultra clear sounding unlike a lot of other 6SN7s and has nice clean treble.

 

RE: It's not the tubes!, posted on January 13, 2017 at 22:29:37
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Hi,

I think those RCA's would actually sound better IMO. I haven't heard newer Russian SN7's, but the older Sovteks had that sound you described in the mids.. It's usually the operating points that shifts how it sounds too. In fact, it plays a bigger part as well as the overall circuit design. So cheer up, your new RCAs would most probably be still be an upgrade.

I also noticed that Schiit uses Wima MKP caps for coupling in their other tube preamp. I surmise they use the same on your preamp. I find Wima MKPs a bit dry and grainy in the upper mids. The only Wimas I liked are the smaller lower voltage FKP's in digital circuits and some solid state riaa analog eq filters. The (non-boutique) radial caps I liked better are the blue ones made by Epcos and Evox-Rifa. But since Schiit chose Wima, your best recourse is to try better tubes.

 

is it OK to mix the tubes?, posted on January 13, 2017 at 23:33:43
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I have read several times that the tubes can be mixed for better sound. I tried to coax Schiit into revealing the make of the stock tubes but they would not say!

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