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RE: OH MY GOD, what did I get myself into??!!!!!

Pushing the power button, settling back, and listening is EXACTLY what you should do.

Take plenty of time to find out what you like and what you don't. The EH 6922 the unit comes with is far from junk. However, depending on what choices the designer made, it may be possible to "roll" (read swap) tubes and tweak the sound. If the designer, as (IMO most unfortunately) many do, chose electrically severe operating conditions, your wiggle room is highly limited. The EH variant is (electrically) very durable.

There is no absolute best tube, in any type. What is known is a list of well performing variants that can be tried to yield maximum synergy in any given "rig". The list of variables includes, but is not limited to, speakers, sources, venue, listener ears, and personal preferences.

Dutch electronics giant, Philips, introduced a family of tubes with very similar characteristics, but different ratings for the severity of electrical conditions they can be used under. FWIW, you have the 6DJ8/ECC88, 6922/E88CC, and 7308/E188CC, which are (in ascending order) increasingly "tough".

Eli D.


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