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Premium 300Bs

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Adeep, Jan 24, 2020.

  1. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

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  2. BIGGER Dave

    BIGGER Dave Forum Resident

    Exactly. Ditto for GEC KT66, Mullard EL34 XF1 or XF2, Mullard GZ34 F31 or F32, etc...
     
  3. jsr

    jsr Forum Resident

    Location:
    Canada
    You wont be disappointed
     
  4. Adeep

    Adeep Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Fort Lee, NJ
    The AN tubes arrived yesterday. Damn, I am always blown away when a small change in my system makes a huge difference. It's really extraordinary, the musicality, the space between the notes, the clarity, the soundstage are all enhanced. jsr you are so right.
     
  5. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    Warren, while I do believe that much can be accomplished by preamp tubes, I am completely in your court when it comes to the importance of power tubes. A power tube does make a tube amplifier, period.

    Which is why I don't consider hybrid designs which employ tube or tubes in the preamp stage and solid state, usually class "D" amplification as the final power stage, as tube amplifier's at all.

    Before I purchased my 6SN7 tube preamplifier, I used a SS Peachtree Nova and iNova as my DAC and class "A" preamp, driving KT88 monoblocks.

    Even now, I still use the iNova as the overall system source selector and system DAC for all things digital.

    The iNova is still used to feed content into the tube preamp stage, for digital sources.
     
  6. BillWojo

    BillWojo Forum Resident

    Location:
    Burlington, NJ
    There is some NOS WE 300B for sale on here posted by Hammr7.
    I'm the one that found them digging through someones attic.

    BillWojo
     
  7. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy "catch me if you can..."

    Location:
    Northwest, USA
    how are they liking it? is it like a different material they use inside?
     
  8. Adeep

    Adeep Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Fort Lee, NJ
    After my success with the AudioNote 300Bs in my main system, I sprung for Psvane Acme WE 300Bs for my other system. A tad less expensive than the ANs but far from cheap.
    Another winner!!!!! Definitely worth the investment.
     
  9. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy "catch me if you can..."

    Location:
    Northwest, USA
    I'm gonna buy 2 more 300b tubes before things go out of control in shipping.
    anyone tried this acme?
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host

    I have some nice Full Music 300B's. What does the "n" stand for in 300B/n, do you know?
     
  11. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

    Location:
    Toronto
    IIRC, the "N" inexplicably designates the mesh plates version. No idea what it stands for.
     
  12. Benzion

    Benzion "Cogito, ergo sum" Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    I run Psvane Black Bottles. They sound great, but I have not compared them to anything, FWIW.
     
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  13. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host

    I have all three versions of the Full Music 300b's, the mesh, regular and some other one. Haven't had a 300b amp for years so I can't comment on sound, but I do remember the mesh plates sounded the least like an actual 300b from WE. They sounded great, but not like a WE.
     
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  14. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy "catch me if you can..."

    Location:
    Northwest, USA
    I don't know Mr. Hoffman. I'm not sure what the N stands. I'm like a newbie on the 300b amp. So far I'm using just a stock (regular) psvane. Together with my speaker setup, it just sounds really good, Stunningly the basslines are superb. I wasn't expecting that in this amp.
    its a very big sound that's how I can describe it.
    The tube in the picture is going for $165.00 a piece...
     
  15. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy "catch me if you can..."

    Location:
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    They emailed me and gave me the close-up of the tube. Its a mesh. that's what the N stands for.. altleast in their own version. I was looking at the western electric 30's and looks just like a copy...

    [​IMG]
     
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  16. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host

  17. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy "catch me if you can..."

    Location:
    Northwest, USA
    looks like not exactly a mesh but a "mesh plate" :unhunh:
     
  18. caracallac

    caracallac Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ireland
    The EAT 300b’s are about the best currently available valves that I’ve heard although if AirTight are using the Takatsuki valves then they can’t be bad.

    The best I’ve ever heard though was the original pre-war Western Electric 300b but they’re about as common as bottles of pre blight Bordeaux and quickly becoming almost as expensive...
     
  19. NapaBob

    NapaBob Forum Resident

    Location:
    Napa Valley CA USA
    but fortunately you don't have to check to see if they have been re-corked...
     
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  20. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

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    The best are Takatsuki, Elrog, and EML.
     
  21. caracallac

    caracallac Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ireland
    The ELROG looks like an excellent product, but a 300b with out the curves just seems somehow wrong. :whistle:
     
  22. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

    Location:
    Toronto
    I don't listen with my eyes. :cool:
     
  23. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy "catch me if you can..."

    Location:
    Northwest, USA
    If I only knew im gonna end up on this type of amp, I would have saved up tubes like I did on el34's and kt88.
    Tubes of the same type, name and structure can sound different from each other in a certain way wether its good or bad. I have one group of 19 pieces kt88 all new and generic. On this stash, I'm able to pick atleast 2 to 3 that's sounds like gold.
    If I can only afford to do this on the 300b, that'll be good. Unfortunately 200 bucks min a pop, is probably not a good idea.
    I don't know man. another long journey. sometimes it sucks to be a newbie....:biglaugh:
    I wont really stress myself out getting a backup tube if I'm not hearing something really sweet and pleasing on this amp.
    I was listening to steve winwood - don't you know what the night can do? I'm so blown away in the organist part....
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2020
  24. caracallac

    caracallac Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ireland
    True, but I just love the glow of a warm valve in a darkened room and it all adds to the experience. Haut-Brion is still a magnificent wine if drunk from a plastic cup, but how much nicer is it to drink it from Lalique crystal.:love:
     
  25. Benzion

    Benzion "Cogito, ergo sum" Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'll take a Bass Ale in a glass mug.
     
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