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2019 300B tubes that are worth the money?
Argonsteele, If you’re really happy with your current 300b tubes you may just want to leave things as they are. I can tell from actual ownership experience the premium level 300bs are worth their cost.Takatsuki a superb sounding Japanese 300b. How... 
Cube Audio Nenuphar Single Driver Speaker (10 inch) TQWT Enclosure
Hi exlibris, I get your point and understand the subjectivity we all experience with listening. No doubt that both the Nenuphar and Odeon horns are excellent sounding speakers but presenting their own individual sound/sonic character. Charles   
Cube Audio Nenuphar Single Driver Speaker (10 inch) TQWT Enclosure
A very key aspect regarding the Nenuphar is it was designed 'specifically ' to be driven by SET amplifiers with high output impedance/ very low damping factor (DF). I could imagine a perceived "dryness" to the sound of this speaker if the amplifie... 
The Audio Gods are tough but fair-Have you had the "Curse of the 300B" ?
Jbhiller,Yes I do certainly understand. I’m not an engineer or technician, All of my comments and observations are the result of much listening over the years of recorded music and many hours spent in live music venues. SETs do things that seeming... 
The Audio Gods are tough but fair-Have you had the "Curse of the 300B" ?
In the High End community/sector there are certain numbers often and proudly presented to presumably impress audiophiles. Very high amplifier output wattageVery high current (amperage) peak capacityVery low output impedance of amplifiers Very low ... 
The Audio Gods are tough but fair-Have you had the "Curse of the 300B" ?
+2 jburidan. Higher sensitivity ’and’ also  higher/easy speaker load impedance (8 to 16 ohms nominal range). The High End ndustry norm seems to be 85 to 88 db sensitivity and a 4 ohm nominal speaker impedance.Charles 
The Audio Gods are tough but fair-Have you had the "Curse of the 300B" ?
Facten  Those engraved W.E. 300bs are the epitome of a cult following product. Charles  
The Audio Gods are tough but fair-Have you had the "Curse of the 300B" ?
Facten, Canary audio has made a 50 W 300b amplifier for quite a few years now. Allnic I believe alSo currently builds a 50 W 300b. At one time VAC produced  140 watt 300b mono blocks with eight of these tubes per channel (16 300bs total !!!). I am... 
The Audio Gods are tough but fair-Have you had the "Curse of the 300B" ?
Facten, Thanks for providing the link regarding the Thrax 300b amplifier, this needless to say is a beast as it weighs 120 pounds. I suspect that the transformers, chokes and power supply are massive and yet of outstanding quality. This is an (it ... 
The Audio Gods are tough but fair-Have you had the "Curse of the 300B" ?
I’ll be the friendly dissenter as I do not accept the premise that 99% of speakers available are incompatible with a 300b SET amplifier. That ’may be true for the 1 watt 45 tube . A friend uses 3.5 watt 2A3 SET mono blocks and the list of speakers... 
The Audio Gods are tough but fair-Have you had the "Curse of the 300B" ?
-i would definitely agree with "subjectivity" and "to each his own". I find the 300b has a few limitations but by no means debilitating. In regard to speaker selection the sensitivity and probably more so the load impedance curves are necessary co... 
The Audio Gods are tough but fair-Have you had the "Curse of the 300B" ?
Hi Gary,You raised a point I forgot to mention, you re right, there is no shortage of 300b tubes available. Through a combination of buying and getting generous loans of tubes I've heard 10 or 11 different 300bs in my SET amplifier. Also there is ... 
The Audio Gods are tough but fair-Have you had the "Curse of the 300B" ?
Hi jbhiller,Thanks for posting your happy 300b experiences. As you can see from the replies you aren’t alone. As noted, no amplifier type, design or topology is without some inherent compromise or shortcoming. In the end we choose what suits us be... 
Easy to drive, outstandingly natural sound from 40-50 Hz up.....AN-E, O/96, others?
Exlibris,I’m familiar with Thomas Mayer amplifiers/preamplifiers and they occupy a very elevated performance tier and are universally acclaimed for their magnificent built and sound quality. I commend you for your taste. I’ve no doubt that your am... 
Easy to drive, outstandingly natural sound from 40-50 Hz up.....AN-E, O/96, others?
Exlibris, The owner of the Nenuphar  I referred to uses a 2A3 SET  amplifier and confirms it works exceedingly well with this speaker. If the chosen low powered amplifier is of sufficient quality the Nenuphar  will exploit it attributes and provid...