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Amperex ECC88 6DJ8 Audio Tubes Matched Pair - Orange Globe - Holland 1960s - NOS

Amperex ECC88 6DJ8 Audio Tubes Matched Pair - Orange Globe - Holland 1960s - NOS

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Amperex ECC88 6DJ8 Audio Tubes Matched Pair - Orange Globe - Holland 1960s - NOS

Product Summary

With strong NOS performance and pristine condition, this special pair of vintage tubes are priced to sell! Many tube sound enthusiasts bought Orange Globe 6DJ8's as their first pair of vintage tubes to replace their JJ stock tubes...right here at Soundlumia's eBay store, and we believe it's the best choice they've ever made just like many others among us audiophiles.

Sound Qualities

We have evaluated at least 10 different versions of Orange Globe tubes and the mid-1960s' Holland sound is clearly among the best. You get the "textbook" Amperex Holland midrange presentation that is transparent, natural and expansive, with a slight touch of warmth that illuminates your musical world. The top end is super airy, smooth and nicely extended like one would expect from the best Siemens tubes. Vocals are intimate, sweet and forward (but not right in your face) and that always reminds me how the vocals sound on the best Mullard tubes. Bass is deep and well controlled and the accuracy feels very similar to the high end German ECC82's (Siemens, Telefunken.) 

Professional Sound Evaluation

The pair worked wonderfully and sounded terrific in our professional studio setup for monitoring. 

 - Input: Cambridge Audio CXC V2 dedicated CD transport + Schiit Audio Bifrost 2 Multibit DAC
 - Amplification: Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies (3rd gen) Balanced Headphone Amplifier
 - Output: Focal Clear MG Pro open-back headphones

Our full tube sound review was written 100% based on the actual listening experience while this pair of tubes were running in the system described above.

Professional testing & sound evaluation

Both tubes tested NOS (110%+ nominal mutual conductance) on a reliable recently calibrated Mercury 2000 tube tester with the following results (mutual conductance both in uMhos and in percentage of nominal):

Tube 1: 13,370/13,390 (107%/108%)
Tube 2: 15,000/14,000 (120%/112%)

Good tubes start at 7000 and new tubes (incl. NOS/NIB) 12,500 - 13,000, and the Mercury 2000's rated mutual conductance (nominal) for new tubes is 12,500. Test result can also be seen in the pictures. In case you wonder what all these numbers mean to your sound experience, it's actually quite straightforward: mutual conductance directly translates to a tube's ability to amplify sound so the higher the numbers the stronger. 

Appearance & cosmetic condition

we treasure this pair because the pristine cosmetic condition the two tubes are in - over 90% of the paint is intact. The Heerlen date codes etched on glass are perfectly visible on both tubes. What a rare find! The Orange Globe logo is also visible on one of the tubes as well.

delta 6L4 (delta = Heerlen, Holland, 6 = 1966, L = December, 4 = Week 4 of the production month) 
delta 8K2 (delta = Heerlen, Holland, 8 = 1968, K = November, 2 = Week 2 of the production month) 

Packaging

This pair of tubes will be packaged in the new white generic tube boxes, secured by a handmade paper ribbon (by courtesy of Soundlumia.)
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