They should handily best your Shuguangs, if my experience is similar. I use Quicksilver SET monos and the difference in those two tubes rendered two different amps entirely. I cannot speak to any comparisons to KR tubes - sorry. I tried Sophia Mesh Plates as well (I don't think they are the carbon plates Philojet mentions - just the standard meshplates) - did not like those at all. In my amps they softened the edges and obscured detail. Two other's I might suggest looking into are the newer Svets, and the Emission Labs. I've used the former, but only heard good things of the latter. The WE's trump the Svets in overal top to bottom balance (they just seem to do everything right), but the Svets seem to be very good at bass and detail while not going too far astray though having somewhat of a harder edge. My amps, my system, my room, my ears, my music. YMMV. Drop the Shuguangs from the list entirely - you'll do no justice to any amp with those...imho. My WE's are early-mid 90's I think - wood box, numbers, etc. Not the new stock you are asking about. Hope you can glean something from that scattered input.