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Re: KT150
« Reply #30 on: August 04, 2017, 06:31:00 AM »
If and when you get a chance, compare the KT150 against a 845 based amp.

I never even heard of a 845 based amp. What is that?

845 tube.
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Re: KT150
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Re: KT150
« Reply #32 on: August 04, 2017, 07:48:35 AM »
Nice, Shawn. Very nice. As I'm not a tube guy, these need how many hours to sound decent??
Nick

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A tempting offer  :drool: You know so Cal is my old stomping grounds. Would love to hear some of those tube amps I see on your website
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Hugh,
I am trying to make that happen. Looks good so far.
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Re: KT150
« Reply #33 on: August 04, 2017, 08:31:32 AM »
Nice, Shawn. Very nice. As I'm not a tube guy, these need how many hours to sound decent??
Nick

Come on over Nick. ;)

A tempting offer  :drool: You know so Cal is my old stomping grounds. Would love to hear some of those tube amps I see on your website
Nick

Come to THE Show in Anaheim in September then.


Hugh,
I am trying to make that happen. Looks good so far.
Nick

Let me know so I can get you a badge.
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Re: KT150
« Reply #34 on: August 04, 2017, 12:45:15 PM »
Nice, Shawn. Very nice. As I'm not a tube guy, these need how many hours to sound decent??
Nick

Come on over Nick. ;)

A tempting offer  :drool: You know so Cal is my old stomping grounds. Would love to hear some of those tube amps I see on your website
Nick

Come to THE Show in Anaheim in September then.


Hugh,
I am trying to make that happen. Looks good so far.
Nick

Let me know so I can get you a badge.

Badges? Badges? I don't need no stinkin' badges!! Umm, sorry..classic movies flashback 😀😀
I appreciate that, Hugh.
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Re: KT150
« Reply #35 on: August 05, 2017, 06:30:31 AM »
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Re: KT150
« Reply #36 on: August 05, 2017, 08:03:25 AM »


Tom,
You don't like the University of Wisconsin??? Can hardly wait for college football to start...but I digress
....again  :roll: :roll:
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Re: KT150
« Reply #37 on: August 07, 2017, 11:12:31 AM »
Okay, these tubes are insane!
These tubes now give a new depth to the music I've been listening to. I can hear notes that I haven't heard before, and the bass is so solid!
My system sounds like never before - I can't believe it!

I 100% recommend these tubes. They are great!

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Re: KT150
« Reply #38 on: August 07, 2017, 07:30:12 PM »
They seem to be ARC's tube of choice right now, so you are not the only one who likes them. But , that said, as I mentioned before they have much higher current requirements in terms of both output and operating currents (bias and filament) so even though they are pin compatible with other EL34/KT-88 tubes, there are not a lot a amps that can use them as a plug in replacement for the tubes they came out of the factory with.
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Re: KT150
« Reply #39 on: August 08, 2017, 10:29:45 AM »
They seem to be ARC's tube of choice right now, so you are not the only one who likes them. But , that said, as I mentioned before they have much higher current requirements in terms of both output and operating currents (bias and filament) so even though they are pin compatible with other EL34/KT-88 tubes, there are not a lot a amps that can use them as a plug in replacement for the tubes they came out of the factory with.

That filament is what worries me in most amps. The tubes could be biased conservatively for less plate current, thus not overloading the power supply, but I wonder if the sonics will suffer?

In my monoblock amps, I am currently running either Winged Cs/Bugleboy E88CC, or with a slight adjustment, SED KT88s/JJ E88cc, they both sound incredible. Some day I would not mind trying the KT 150s to see how good they are but with the unbelievable sound of the KT88s, I don' t see any great need.

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Re: KT150
« Reply #40 on: August 08, 2017, 10:53:05 AM »
Okay, these tubes are insane!
These tubes now give a new depth to the music I've been listening to. I can hear notes that I haven't heard before, and the bass is so solid!
My system sounds like never before - I can't believe it!

I 100% recommend these tubes. They are great!

Great news, Shawn. I was hoping they would sound great for you. Any idea when you would need to retube?
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Re: KT150
« Reply #41 on: August 08, 2017, 10:11:03 PM »

In my monoblock amps, I am currently running either Winged Cs/Bugleboy E88CC, or with a slight adjustment, SED KT88s/JJ E88cc, they both sound incredible. Some day I would not mind trying the KT 150s to see how good they are but with the unbelievable sound of the KT88s, I don' t see any great need.

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Re: KT150
« Reply #42 on: August 09, 2017, 04:02:39 AM »
Tom, i believe shawn was between a rock and a hard place  :duh
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Re: KT150
« Reply #43 on: August 09, 2017, 06:47:36 AM »
Okay, these tubes are insane!
These tubes now give a new depth to the music I've been listening to. I can hear notes that I haven't heard before, and the bass is so solid!
My system sounds like never before - I can't believe it!

I 100% recommend these tubes. They are great!

Great news, Shawn. I was hoping they would sound great for you. Any idea when you would need to retube?
Nick


Nick,

From what I understand, they last about 3k hours with my PrimaLuna. So maybe 3 years depending on amount of use?
I'd say it will last me closer to 3 years before I would need to retube

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Re: KT150
« Reply #44 on: August 09, 2017, 09:05:31 AM »
FWIW, my original Melody SHW1688 Pre still has the original tubes after more than 15 years or so of constant use.
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