I know – it idiotic even for my site but it us what it is. I do not think that I can generalize my observations as I have not a lot of experience with DHT tubes but one thing that I have been observing for the last week is really arouse my curiosity.
Well, it is funny to say but I think I “invented” a new “topology”- the DHOFT.
Let me to explain. During the last few days, cooing the MF DH Melquiades channel I have the MF channel better or worse operational. It use 10 feet horribly sounding Rat Shack cable running form my preamp and it used even more horrible 25 feet speaker cable to drive my S2 driver. The tube is plugged upside down, the part up to the last time were crap, so it was not the environment to access the “quality” of the tubes. Sure, I did not do it but… being sick audio retard I would lie to you if I say that I did not try a few “other” tubes to see “what thus straight people are raving all about.”. So, I plugged into it 2A3, Russian, Chinese, RCA, Sylvania, 6A3 RCA and Westinghouse, Telefunken RE604, Klangfilm KL71403, YO186 and few of off the wall tubes that I bought last week at MIT fleemarket. I intentionally did not comment on the sound as I am not at the state with this amp where would accept my observation seriously. However, during those experiments I go a very rudimental idea what those tubes stay in thir hierarchy of quality…
Two weeks ago I was experimenting with operational point of the output stage (during the experiments I use of course cheap test tubes). I did screw up some with ground and accidently connected the Chinese 2A3 with shunted cathode resistor. So, it was 400V on anode with no bias of any kind p you have an idea what currant it took. I turned the amp and then was distracted by something. In few minutes (!!!) I was observing gray smoke in my room and I run to the amp. The powers supplies 20W resistors on 400V were literally boiling. I would be hard to explain how the 2A3 looks like. The anode was not just red and hot but it was shining like “one million Suns”. I shut down the amp, replaced the burned restore and tossed out the destroyed Chinese 2A3, reporting to my friends that one more tube fold to be the victim of my DIY efforts…
Yesterday, I cleaned up my room, trashed all the needles crap and I come across to that killed tube. Before disposing it I asked myself: way not to see if the type will work. I plug it is, and it give the right current. It is alive I figured and decided to listen. The tube sound unbelievably good – better then any of my other tubes – I am not kidding! I took another Chinese 2A3 with witch the “burned” tube were paired and sound identical before the “ignition” and they now sound like day and high.
Well, I do not know what practical use this information would give but sine I “invented” the concept I will name it. I would call it the DHOFT topology or the “Direct Heated Over Fried Triode”. So, if some of you paid $800 for a new AD1 and if you like how it sound then try to put your AD1 to 600mA for 3 minutes and it sound might go over the roof…
Despite that I was kidding in my last paragraph but the sound of the Chinese DHOFT 2A3 after the “ignition” does puzzles me….The Cat
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