Preamp tube shootout
I always wondered if one tube could really change something in
a signal path. The test unit was not a preamp but my Aguilar DB900
DI. This unit won multiple awards for its design so I figured
it would make a good test.
I tested three tubes: stock Sovtec (that came stock in
the Aguilar DI), JJ/Tesla JJ83S and "high gain"
Here's the result:
I recommend to download all the clips and put them in a playlist
(in Windows Media player for example) in order to hear the differences
To me the JJ83 sounds the best, followed by the Sovtec and finally
the JJ803. I don't like the JJ803 because to me it distorts too
easily which would make it better suited for guitar IMO.
- Kinal MK5-B. Custom 5-strings, alder body, flame maple top,
pau ferro fingerboard. Bartolini soapbars and preamp (3-band).
- Bayou: 12', canare GS-6 cable, neutrik connectors.
- Bass to Aguilar DB900 DI into probably Minidisc...don't remember
as I recorded the clips a long time ago...