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Exactly how loud is the noise? is it only audible when you ... Onhwy61
My first thought was a tube issue as well. tubes are freque ... Mechans
Look into improving the grounding on your system. Elescher
If the noise increases with the volume control, then that at least rules out the preamp's buffer output stage, and your amp.
In a review of the ET3-SE, it's mentioned that this unit uses a single 6922 tube for voltage gain. They didn't mention whether that tube comes before or after the volume control. If before - then it would be a prime suspect as the noise contributor. You could buy a guaranteed "low noise" 6922 tube from a trusted tube vendor, and see if that helps. If your source is an MC phono stage, then that could also be the (likely) cause of noise.
If all gear is in spec and the tube in question is not a noisy specimen, then it may just be that you've got an exceptionally high sensitivity amp & speakers - which would imply that you'd have to listen with the volume control quite low (i.e. you're throwing away gobs of gain - a prime candidate for a passive, though I still love the sound a good tube preamp even with some excess gain and noise floor).
BTW, being a vinyl and tube 'phile - I don't find a modest noise floor of the white noise variety (i.e. NOT ground loop hum) to be of detriment to the music.
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If you believe your system otherwise checks out and there ar ... Ivan_nosnibor
All that said, a noisy tube could very well be the culprit t ... Ivan_nosnibor
Thanks to all of you who have responded. here is some more ... Shoff
Use low noise resistors in that circuit. but you are always ... Hifigeek1
I take it the noise is apparently equally loud in both chann ... Ivan_nosnibor
My experience with a cj et3-se was a soft white noise exactl ... Rower30
Its normal to have a noise floor on any preamp. in this case ... Atmasphere
Do you have lights on with dimmers on the circuit? dimming t ... Sonicbeauty
Thanks for clarifying the volume-control/noise behavior. cle ... Mulveling
Thanks again to all who have responded. (sonic beauty, reos ... Shoff
I called cj today. they said the issue was most likely caus ... Shoff
Amperex 7308 Hifigeek1
It has taken me some time but i finally got fed up with the ... Shoff
That's what i said..lol Hifigeek1
Good call, hifigeek1 ;-) vbr, sam C1ferrari
I also have a et3se and have the same problem with the hiss. ... Sdp6716
Good luck finding them. they are somewhat rare and expensive ... Hifigeek1
For nos the amperex are my favorite 6922 followed by the sie ... Onemug
Sdp6716, any tube can hiss or, worse, become microphonic, w ... Tomcy6
Thank you all for the info. i spoke with cj directly and bo ... Sdp6716
I have a dbx 3bx dynamic range processor that i have used in ... Mapman
The 6922 is part of the 6dj8 family along with the 7308. the ... Tomcy6
Whether you go vintage or current production buy from a repu ... Tomcy6
The good dealers will be willing to answer your questions an ... Tomcy6