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RE: Having a lot of time on my hands I A/B my EL34 and KT66

I had a quad of the Black Treasure 6CA7s in my Rogue Cronus. They were very seductive for a while but ultimately I found the highs too rolled off and the lower end to be too truncated and soft. That seems to be the case with most EL34 based amps although the Dodd Mono 120s my friend had for a time did not exhibit those weaknesses. I wonder if there are other amps out there like that. The Manley 250s perhaps?

In any event, I love the KT66s in my Cronus Magnum, more than any other tube including: 6L6GCs (even NOS RCA & Sylvanias), 6550s (including NOS GE), KT77s, KT88s, and KT120s. Their extended frequency response and even frequency balance is unmatched IMHO. I have owned or had in my system close to a dozen tube amps. The KT66 is the tube I come back to.

I wish someone would make a high quality, reasonably priced amp specifically for the KT66s, putting out around 50 wpc (I know about the Leben but it's too rich for me).


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