Rectifier Tube Clarification/Help W/ Dared 2000a


So after a bit of research I've made the plunge into the world of tube amplification and purchased a Dared SL-2000A based on price-point and positive feedback.

Nearly every source I've read says that replacing the Chinese rectifier tube is a great place to start if you want to get better sound out of the unit.

I'm just having a bit of trouble finding reliable, definitive information regarding which tubes to replace the stock ones with? I understand that the best tube is up to my subjective ear, but I'm just confused as to, technically, what rectifier tubes can go into the SL-2000a? (5Y3, 5V4, GZ34, GZ30, ect.)

I've read that going with a 5Y3 is a smart choice since "higher voltage = tighter sound." Any feedback would be appreciated or if anyone could point me to a technical document/white paper explaining rectifier tubes and their naming, that would also be appreciated. Personal recomdations as to what tubes and where to purchace them would be wonderful!

Thanks in advance for taking a minute.
scottyschweiz
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From personal experience(and many agree): The Mullard/Blackburn GZ34 provides some of the best sound and longevity, of any NOS rectifier.
"I understand that the best tube is up to my subjective ear". Well no, not really. Just as you should not use a 5751 as a direct replacement for 12AX7 in all circuits, as it draws more current, you really should not change rectifiers will nilly as the electrical requirements are different. The preamp comes with a 5Z4P and the equivilent US or European tube is 5Y3 or GZ30. There may be other tubes that will work, but that depends on the circuit parameters, these are the direct electrical equivilents.
I had a 2000a and by far the best sounding rectifier I used was a Bugle Boy 5AR4/GZ34. It didn't seem to harm the pre, but I never checked if there's anything about its output that could add stress. I also tried a 5Y3, but the BB 5AR4 was night and day the best.
Hifitime - thanks so much, a wonderful resource!

Rodman9999 and Bdgregory - I think the BB 5AR4 it is!
Is that BB GZ34 (5AR4) a Philips-Amperex Holland tube? That's my favorite, though some might prefer the Mullard design.
Is that BB GZ34 (5AR4) a Philips-Amperex Holland tube? That's my favorite, though some might prefer the Mullard design.
yes it is. I haven't tried a Mullard so can't say . . .
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I experience some speaker hiss with the Dared Sl-2000A. Is it normal?
I experience some speaker hiss with the Dared Sl-2000A. Is it normal?
no it's not. Have you tried swapping tubes? Could be your tubes are microphonic