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joeling 10-12-2018 09:07 PM

Nos 6h30

Will NOS 6H30 tubes make a big improvement over factory tubes ? Need some advice thanks.

Joe Ling

tima 10-12-2018 09:38 PM

6H30-DR - people who paid a lot of money for them will probably say they make a big difference.

I found their sonic effect very much dependent on the gear they are used in. Eg, CJ, negligble; ARC, minor, a bit more extended highs.

joeling 10-13-2018 10:19 AM

Hi tima,

Thanks for the advice.

Joe Ling

ariess 10-13-2018 04:24 PM

I tried them in my ARC. Not only did I find the difference very modest, they are so hard to find and if you find them likely counterfeit or previously used so maybe weak. Even if you have none of those problems the stock is so small you will not be able to get ones with matches triodes or that match another well. So the real question is better to get new, strong, even croyed ones with matched triodes (GM) or 6h30dr that are unmatched and have unknown usage? For myself I decided the former.

joeling 10-14-2018 12:09 AM

Parts Connexion selling matched pairs at a premium price. I need 2 pairs for my ref2 phono which adds up to a pretty penny. Thanks for the reality check.

tima 10-14-2018 02:13 AM

I used the 6H30-DRs in an ARC Ref 2 Phono and in the 2SE. Nice units. Those tubes do last a long time. And they did have a greater impact (though minor) in the Phono stage than in the Ref 5SE linestage. However, imo you'll get better value for your dollar with a decent isolation platform.

sleeper 08-19-2019 10:44 PM

A few years back, when the DRs were still affordable, I switched a pair of DRs for regular matched EH 6h30s in my LS25MkII and did not hear a discernible difference. Went through two sets of DRs and afterwards went back to EH 6h30s. At the current prices for DRs ($300 a piece at The Tube Store) , I don't think they are worth the cost.

oddeophile 08-20-2019 11:50 AM

That’s why I bought several sets for my Ref 40 when I bought mine. There was a very obvious difference in tonality imaging dynamics etc in my Ref 40. Rated to 10k Hrs they last at least 2.5 times longer.
My sets are so tightly matched between A/B sections and each other - less than 1.5% all 10.
I just pulled them all for annual pin cleaning with Kontak and tested in my Maxi-Pre tube tester and still have same specs as when NOS when I first installed them.

oddeophile 08-20-2019 11:52 AM

BTW the Tube Store versions are very late production in 1990’s if I recall. Mine currently are circa 1981. Those last few years production after the fall of the USSR are not as well mfrd.

sleeper 08-20-2019 06:50 PM

You could be right about late production DRs. I ran through mine begining about 2010.

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