- Apr 1, 2021
What combos are you using these days? I would love to hear more about itQuick update here. Tube rolling with the Horizon is at one time maddening and euphoric. Currently, have 10+ rectifiers, 10+ pentodes, 10+ triodes... thousands of combinations. Most of these options have come from recommendations here. I have chased many of the latest and greatest of recommendations of synergistic pairing of all 3 types (rectifiers, triodes, pentodes). A relatively embarrassing amount of $ compared to the cost of the Horizon.
In the last few days, I have been revisiting 'tier 2' tubes of different types. Tubes that were left for the forgotten/dead as the newest tubes were discovered over the last 12 months. All of sudden I am finding new synergies and arguably better sounding combinations in my system. Mixing and matching the old with some of the new. Such a wonderful experience. Glad I have not sold off my stash. Certain tube characteristics are starting to make sense that pair well, but such a long fun journey ahead. Given everyone’s system is different, i don’t think there is truly a holy grail combo for all. But it does seem some commonalities/preferences can be drawn. Retesting old/new permutations can be helpful. Just might be a diamond in the rough combo previous undiscovered for your system. In my view definitely not a one size fits all or linear trajectory for synergy across all tube types.
I often remember what Lukasz once said, there is no bad tube on the Horizon. I totally agree when you consider the synergistic value of all 3 types together.
fwiw, have another $5k of tubes sitting at LAX customs being flagged/delayed as they are convinced they are to be used for medical devices (including the Valvo and c3gs). FDA involved lol ugh