EL34 headphone amp, correct? I've found a good replacement is GoldLion KT77, readily available from many on line sources. However, Facten is correct.....it would be nice to hear those questions answered.
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If you want to ruin your amp, go ahead and use the KT77 tubes - NOT RECOMMENDED (you can verify this in the BHSE forum on HeadFi).
I’ve probably rolled 15 different types of EL34/6CA7 tubes in the BHSE, and found the vintage tubes to be very good - the older the better. Metal based sounded the best to me, than DD halos, followed by OO halos. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, see if you can find a couple of used matched pairs of xf3 to get an idea of what the differences are between vintage and reissues. I don’t know if QC is better, but I wouldn’t suggest using Psvane tubes due to reliability issues (I never had a quad that last more than 1200 hrs).
You should really be asking this question on HeadFi, or reading through the BHSE thread on HeadFi if you haven’t already. I doubt you’ll get much help here.
When I got my Blue Hawaii, a good friend came over with several sets of vintage El 34's and 6CA7's. I think one nice sounding pair was an xf3 tube, but, its been a while so I may be wrong. I ended up liking a quad of Telefunken EL 34's, so that is what my friend gave me (I had a choice of any of the tubes he brought over). The have, so far, been working out well for me. I use them with Stax 007 mk1 headphones.
Thank you for the comments. I have did some research before I asked. The Siemans EL34's were reviewed well so am leaning toward them. I just bought the amp and I don't even have any headphones for it yet to try. I currently am using the Abyss 1266 phi CC with the Audio-gd master 9 and wanted to upgrade so I thought I would try the BHSE and am deciding what headphones to try first. I read that someone said the Stax 009's gave them a headache after 20-30 minutes.