300B Tube Question for Steve

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by AudioGirl, Jan 20, 2002.

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  1. AudioGirl

    AudioGirl Active Member Thread Starter

    Los Angeles
    Steve, what IS your favorite 300B?

    Can you tell us? .. Anyone else have a favorite?
  2. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host

    My favorite 300Bs are the ones that arrive via Fed Ex, gratis.

    No, actually I don't wish to endorse one over the other. Some folks and I did a big 300B shootout recently, and there was a clear winner. Hopefully this shootout will be published in one of the audio rags fairly soon and I can talk about it here.

    Hint, the clear winner is made outside of the USA. ;)
  3. Drew

    Drew Senior Member

    San Antonio, TX
    I know mine aren't 300b's but I've made some comparison of some 2A3's the last week.

    I just received some new Sovtek 2A3's for my paramours last week to compare to the Chinese Valve Art tubes that came with my Bottlehead Paramour kit. I have about 30 hour playing on them.

    The Sovtek's seem a little smoother on top, but they seem to have less of the lush midrange that single ended triode amps are known for. I guess that makes them a little more even bottom to top than the Chinese tubes. Really, I'm not sure that either tube is offensive to the ear.

    But with the Chinese tube I have the cool blue florescent glow that some power tubes are known for. And when I turn off the amps with the Sovteks in and I put my ear down close to them, I can hear a ting-ting-ting sound which I think is expansion and contraction going on.
  4. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

    San Jose, CA
  5. pigmode

    pigmode Active Member

    I want to try SET next time. I couldn't afford 300B this round, and my listening room is too small for the speakers I'd want for 2A3. It's very intriguing.
  6. indy mike

    indy mike Forum Pest

    Ruh-roh! Steve, are you hinting that the legendary Western Electric 300B no longer rules the sonic roost!?!?! Boy, are them boys in Kansas gonna be honked off or what??? I need to move back to bigger city so I can listen to glowing glass bottles at stereo shops...
  7. Jim Ricketts

    Jim Ricketts Active Member

    Freedom, USA
    There is a new TJ300B meshplate but not sure if in production yet. It has gold pins, ceramic base and a bit tighter tolerances if I remember Brian Cherry's (DIYHiFiSupply) description correctly. The background is a little bit blacker with a bit more air according to Brian. They looked real kool!
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