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Best tube for Aqua La Scala DAC (uses a pair of 12AT7 new from factory).


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Hi all. Looking for advise to roll the two new Genalex tubes (factory installed) for my Aqua La Scala DAC. It uses a pair of 12AT7 in the output analog stage. Millions of options out there.

I love a warm analog sound, with detail, low noise floor, wide and deep soundstage, thick rich mids, generous tight bass, and a sweet airy top (not rolled off), with no shrill. Don't mind a forward presentation, and impact. Dark and recessed sounds, lay back, not to my taste.

I know from initial experience, NOS tubes sound amazing compared with the Russian made Genalex. For instance the NOS Raytheons in my Pre amp replaces the 12AU7s in it. Vast improvement in every way.

 

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Thanks for sharing the details of the tonal characteristics you're after in the tube. What's your budget range for the pair?

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4 minutes ago, xlr8or said:

These are one of my top 5 choices but the asking price is 5 times what they should be. It may also explain why they have been listed on fleabay for the last 2 years. 🤭

 

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/RARE-Mullard-Mitcham-ecc81-12at7-pair-tubes-welded-plates-square-getter-gec-/182573135776

Tell them there’re dreaming 😩🤣💡💡🤟

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20 minutes ago, Mendes said:

Tell them there’re dreaming 😩🤣💡💡🤟

@xlr8or More importantly do not buy anything from that seller. Trust me.

 

Im not the only SNA member burned by him

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8 minutes ago, Gryffles said:

@xlr8or More importantly do not buy anything from that seller. Trust me.

 

Im not the only SNA member burned by him

 

If anyone would like any guidance on purchasing from eBay sellers online I am more than happy to provide my 2 cents worth offline. Like @Gryffles has shared the seller above for the Mitcham tubes is way overpriced and yes I am aware he also sells dead tubes as NOS. I have my own list of these sellers that is 14 years old and still growing. 😁

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