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Electro Harmonix KT88
Valve Art KT88
Would the Valve Art be considered Warmer sound?
I have never used Valve Art KT88's.
I have tried TS 6550 and KT120, GL KT88, EH kt88, JJ KT77 and KT88 .
My favorite are the GL tubes, second is TS KT120's.
Least favorite were the 6550 and KT77.
From what I have read the KT120's don't increase the power unless the circuit is specifically designed for them. I certainly noticed no difference.
The KT120's in my amp, Cary SLI-80, seemed to have more balls, just more body than the 6550's. Close behind the GL's which have more texture than the others.
Only speaking of my experience.
Without music what is there?
I have never found much variation in tone between KT88s. What I find to be a nice improvement was upgrading to KT120s. So check if your amp power supply can accommodate them and some Gold Lion KT120s would be great.
If that's not possible, then maybe try some heavier gage speaker cables for more warmth and bottom end.
What did you gain switching to KT-120's? I have an amp with 6550's in it now, but the designer suggests retubing with KT-120's. I'm looking at other amps now, so I don't think I'll spend the money on it, but I am curious about the sound of the KT-120's.
I tried KT120 (Tung Sol reissue) in my Rogue amp and did not care for them at all. A harder, drier sound with little midrange bloom. Hard to believe they are now the standard factory tube in Rogue amps. The opinions on these seem to be 50/50, some people love them, some can't stand them. In other words, very system and listener dependent.
Mainly more power and a much nicer top end.
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