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In Reply to: RE: Newbie question....6922 tubes.... posted by email@example.com on May 28, 2017 at 06:46:50
I've tried a few and I prefer the Gold Lion 6922. Also new gear can be pretty hard on tubes, so that may be an even bigger factor in limiting your choices.
The most important thing when choosing driver or preamp tube isn't "spending the most" but getting "the best tube" for YOUR system.
When I need GOOD honest advice I contact Jim McShane. Jim's part Saint and part audio enthusiast. But most of all he's usually right.
Addendum: I did a little reading and the LSA. I noticed that it comes with EH6922s. From MY limited knowledge of tubes I believe they are also one of the few tubes that can handle being driven quite hard. So check before you buy or you are just going to blow tubes.
If you want a general review of the GL I use it in my Conrad Johnson. Reviews can vary on use and gear.
Yes, the EH 6922, originally known as the 6H23П-EB (6n23p-ev), is a very, very, tough "hombre". Many current designs, like AI, abuse their 6922 family tubes. A lot of tubes, both OS and current production, don't stand up to the abuse. The Russian 6H23П-EB will and it has decent, if unspectacular, sonics. In NOS, Hicksville, NY, made Amperex 7308s are tough enough, but you need Bill Gates' bankroll to afford them.
You have a $8500 integrated amp there.
Don't skimp on the tubes, go for some vintage Amperex or Siemens or Telefunkens. Might cost you a couple of hundred, but your ears will thank you for years.
Enjoy the roll!
Just make sure your amp isn't going to eat them before investing that kind of money. Also it would be an even bigger waste seeing such a valuable tube destroyed unnecessarily.
Exactly! Just because the unit has a hefty price tag, doesn't mean tube abuse is absent. The OEM use of the Russian tube may be a warning. While the 6H23П-EB may not be the best sounding variant, it is decent and its toughness is, most definitely, not an issue.
FWIW, some folks think the "reissue" Gold Lion variant is "the best" sounding variant. However, good sound or not, the GL will not tolerate abuse.
I'm using a Gold Lion 6922 in my Conrad Johnson. And that preamp beats the snot out of tubes. Usually a EH lasts about 6-9 months in my CJ. The GL so far has been in there about 18+ months and still going strong.
What is the model of your c-j preamp?
In my Pr 17 i found 6922 eh better than Gl 6922 RI
There were a few 6922's online, no GL's, that I thought I might buy for spares. Thanks for the advice! Greg
I would be remiss if I didn't mention my favorite. I have no idea how long it will survive in your amp but I offer this alternative, the Mullard CV -2493. A somewhat rare British tube,that is by no means mellow, or warm despite what Brent Jesse has to say about them. If you want mellow go with Gold Lion
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