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    Re: Vac 200iq tube rolling question

    Quote Originally Posted by Dguitarnut View Post
    My tube search is almost ended. I absolutely love the sound Iím getting.
    The verdict is in. KT-150ís still my favorite. The muddy bass of the KT120ís cleaned up nicely but the stage is still small compared to the 150ís imo.
    My current lineup in my 200iq is Kt150s and 4 grey glass RCAís 6SN7GTís
    I have also been rolling tubes in my Vac Master Preamp. My preference by a slim margin is for the Amperex 6922 PQ over the Mullard 6922.
    I am still gonna try some 6F8G with adapters eventually though.
    Larry, we need to give those KR KT150ís a spin.
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    Re: Vac 200iq tube rolling question

    Larry,

    As a member of the fraternal order of the 200iQ, I have found the KT 150's vs the stock KT 88's to be more of a choice thing instead of a better or worse thing... This might be because my ears are my ears and everyone is different.

    I agree that the low end is always going to have more of a solid and defined punch with the 150's. For me, the 150's give up a little in the mid range in favor of the low end and a sharper high end. Sometimes that sharpness in the high end is great and sometimes it has too much bite for me. It might just be that I prefer mid range over everything else.

    Do you prefer the 150's across the board over the 88's?

    I have also recently tried out a nos set of Sylvania 6SN7 Tall Boys, and they definitely cleared up the entire picture by a full step for me... They made the 200iQ sparkle in a new way. I'm leaving them in!

    Mike / Larry: Sign me up for the 200iQ / KR KT150 testing crew! Just tell me where to order when you want to pull the trigger. Maybe we can get a power buy going?! ;-)
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    Re: Vac 200iq tube rolling question

    Iíve got KT150s in my 450 Statement iQs and love them.

    Iíd be interested in volunteering for the testing corps, but whatís the retail on the KR KT150s?


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    Re: Vac 200iq tube rolling question

    Wow....KR Kt150s should be sweet. I loved the KR Kt88’s when I tried them Mike and I thought they were beautiful, with a better balance and midrange than the stock Golden Lions. I would have kept them had I not fallen in love with Tungsols Kt150s.
    To me the Kt150s were a little brash in the highs like you said Jeremy but in my system build it has been tamed with the Gigafoil and supporting tube combinations.
    I admit the midrange is not as glorious as with the Kt88’s specially when I tried the vintage Genalex Golden Monarchs or Lions. But I gotta have that bass and expansive stage that the 150s give me that they did not have.
    I hate compromising and wish there was that perfect tube. Maybe these KR Kt150s have that mojo. The search for the holy grail of sound is fun and frustrating at the same time.
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    Re: Vac 200iq tube rolling question

    I have not tried other KT 88's yet... It's a new tube type for me, so I'm not up to speed on the options.

    Larry, did you find a good dealer for the KR's? did you try other KT88's? I will probably give them a try
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    Re: Vac 200iq tube rolling question

    Mike is a KR dealer. I usually meet him in a dark alley at the corner of international Pl. and Professional Park dr............
    Larry


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