I am thinking of changing out the 12AX7A's in my Jolida cd player. Any suggestions on what one to try next? I do like the warm sound of it right now but, I am looking to get a bit more on the highs.. More like my turntable.
Unless the cd copy is that bad, I did a A/B on Santana Abraxas cd ( regular cd) and the vinyl ( regular also) and the vinyl on the Denon DL160 cart. through a project tube box SE II, just killed it. The difference was night and day.
The Jolida. The sound was warm, laid back but, lacked any dynamics. The treble was OK but not sharp. The bass was a little muddy. Vocals seemed hidden.
On the turntable, the highs jumped right out at you, you could hear each bongo or drum being hit. The vocals just jumped right out at you like you just took the curtain off.
Now I am not saying the Jolida is a bad player. It could be the mastering of the CD is horrible also. I have run into this on several CD's though like Dave Brubeck time out. the LP is way more dynamic then the cd. Actually the cd ( regular ) sucked so bad I got rid of it. Same with Pink Floyd the wall. The cd on both all of a sudden had the highs cut, like you put the high filter on the preamp, and hiss.
Now some of the new CD's like plant krauss, The cd on that is fantastic! Same with ray lamontagne either trouble or Gossip In The Grain. Good recordings on cd.
Soooooo this is what got me thinking I should try a different set of tubes.
Sooooo.... back to the original topic at hand 12AX7A what ones to try next?