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RE: JJ ECC803S compared to Gold Lion ECC83/B759

So, first thing I'll say is that they are both good tubes. The second thing I'll say is I have a decided predilection for the tone of the JJ's. I use a pair of their 803s in the phono and another pair in the line of my CAT SL1 Renaissance. The JJ's present a more neutral overall tonal picture to my ear than the GL's. The Russian tubes seem to have a darker, less open sound in the CAT. I suspect that in a different application, maybe where you wanted to tame an overly bright sounding system, the GL's would be my choice. The JJs don't cost that much, so why not give them a spin? As SETDude said, buy them from someone who will do proper testing and spend a couple of extra dollars to have them selected for low noise/microphonics.


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