Slovakia JJ ECC 802 and 803 tubes.


My new Luxman CL38U-SE has these tubes. They give a nice warm detailed sound w/good bass. Never heard of them has anyone used these tubes, What's your opinion. Not looking to change tubes now but down the road any other brands I might try??
linnlingo
linnlingo I think you mean ECC83 which is the same as 12ax7 and ECC82 which is a 12au7. At least that's what the non SE version of your preamp uses. Very common tubes however my gear doesn't use either so no specific recs. I'm sure others will have some.
Tube Depot sells the JJ 802 & 803 and is used in the SE version. Luxman mentions the difference in their specs.
They  are drop in replacements for 12ax7's and 12au7's. I still think you can buy better tubes than JJ's for you preamp including some nice NOS tubes but it's your call of course.
I have had great luck with Gold Lion 12AU7s from Ron Sheldon at Cryoset.   Very even sound, good dynamic swing and very quiet.  They seem to last forever...
Currently my preamp has less than 50 hours so I'd like to put some break in time before re-tubing. I had a Gold Lion 6922 tube in my former CJ ET3 SE and liked it very much. Being the preamp uses both 12ax & 12au tubes should I stick w/the same brand for both??
As you can see, these JJ variants feature long plates.  That's the rationale behind JJ providing different designations, which they have done with some of their other products.  At the time they wanted folks to take notice of these new tubes, and their potential for different sound.

Maybe that's not completely obvious, but they offer a more different sound than the typical 12AX7 and 12AU7 offerings.  In general, I've found that short plates produce a tighter, punchier, more focused sound and vice versa.  That's not to say it relates to brightness or harshness, as the better variants stay far away from those attributes.

If you do want to experiment in the future, give the Shuguang (or Psvane) triple mica 12AX7 a listen.  They're about $10, and compete with the very best ever.  You'll hear quite a bit of difference, and begin to determine how to best steer your amplifier to your tastes

^^^ Actually, several months ago I decided to try the Shuguang 12AX7b silver dragon. I purchased two matched sets for line my stage and phono, requesting extra low noise tubes. I have used them quite a bit, but in my preamp/phono stage they are not as pleasant as the Psvane 12AX7-TII or Mullard old stock. Of course the latter are 5 times the price of the silver dragon. They will come in handy as backup. Did I purchase the wrong Shuguang or are you referring to the same 12AX7b?

Thanks

Shuguang 12AX7LS black tubes from Grant Fidelity are superb. Not cheap. Good from the start, they need about 20 hours to sound right and improve up to 50 hours. I think they outshine Telefunkens.
Thanks for your input on Shuguang and Psvane tubes. They were not on my radar. The CL-38 SE is sounding very sweet w/the current tubes but after more break in I'm going to look into these tubes.