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If I thought I could monoblock these I would consider getting another one and swapping the pre tube out to another Kenrad. Love my DV.
ITS THE ZEOS PANTERA. Hey zeos, can i ask you how you connected the HA 2 to the dark voice. i think i get it but just to make sure
Well the HA2 has a separate Line out on top. So you just wire that with a 3.5mm to RCA. Done.
thats what i thought. thanks for replying ! im a fan
Patreon sub here, how do believe a set of TH-X whatever's would pair with this bad boy? Picked up some EM-U Ebony's a couple weeks back and would be interested to get into a tube situation with them and maybe some 598's. IYO yay or nay?
Yeah I love testing on the DV. The pre tube change did increase the "tubyness" but you will still get a lot of change with the stock tubes.
What would you recommend for the main amp tube for tube rolling? I hear a lot about how bad the stock tubes are.
On the cheap try a GE 6080 for the output (the bigger tube marked 6AS7 on the plate), that's where I started. So far it brought the biggest improvement over stock. For the driver tube Sylvania 6SN7 chrome-top is a safe inexpensive choice, it brought additional refinement in my case. There is an epic Darkvoice tube rolling thread on head-fi, lots of good info there.
Yeah I haven't researched it. I'd consider G_V_L's suggestion.
I knew you would see this, Zeos.
Another suggestion for the output tube is Russian 6N5S or maybe the later 6N13S variant, about $15 shipped from Eastern Europe, lots of NOS available. I got one recently and like it, very open sound with good treble and bass extension. Similar construction to the big stock tube but sonically night and day.
If you're on a budget, if suggest the RCA 6as7 with black plates for the output tube they're cheap at around $15 for NOS and a 1952 Sylvania 6sn7gt "bad boy" tube which runs for about $45 used. If you have some extra money get the tung sol 5998, GEC 6as7g, or Western Electric 421A for the output and a tung-sol 6sn7 with round plates or the Sylvania 6sn7w with the metal base.
Sorry to hear that your tube is humming. Hopefully the burn in period will fix that! If you're using the Dark Voice, look into the Fitz mod to fix the humming issue for all tubes.
Looks like the tube is a dud, marginal for pre-amp duty but has no power to drive my phones and is badly out of balance. So much for the "NIB", trying to arrange a return.
Ended up with the Sylvania and the GE, haven't had a chance to run them yet (DV is my first tube amp) but they look awesome!
Returned the bad RCA tubes to the seller, sounds like he had no clue they were used and end of life already, I'm on my second 6AS7 RCA pair from the WWII era. They sound really nice in my system, finally the sound I was trying to find. One is a JAN (military) and the other is the normal consumer variant, slightly different design, similar sound signature, I like the JAN one better, sounds richer with deeper bass, out of the box with no burn-in anyway.