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Jeff Brown from Affordable$$Audio reviews an Elite80+

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The 6AV5GA / 6FW5 Blog

    We really like the performance and sound quality of the Philips-ECG (Sylvania) 6AV5GA in the Elite Series amplifiers.  From info we have gathered these are actually an upgraded military version of 6FW5's labeled as 6AV5GA's.  The 6FW5 is a much heavier dissipation tube than your standard 6AV5GA.  This heavy duty version of the 6AV5GA also has the top getter which silvers uniformly only the top portion of the envelope, making the tube's appearance also very cool looking.  This 6AV5GA is a very well manufactured tube, made in the USA, by Sylvania in Emporium, PA in 1984.  They are a very robust design with cathodes larger than a KT88s.  Originally made for demanding military applications these ideal power tubes provide unrivalled sonic performance in the correct audio circuit, at least in our opinion, and we believe yours too once you listen with this amp.

So several years back we did some R&D of our own just to see what could be done with these things.  We found a small stash of these Philips-ECG (Sylvania) 6AV5GAs and got busy in the lab.  And with a good number of hours and a number of circuits later we began to see - actually hear - what this deflection tube hype was all about.

    Operating these output tubes modestly as we do makes an amplifier that not only sounds very nice, but will also last a long, long time.  If you look around on the web youll find an ever expanding, near cult, listener following of sweep tubes and it seems to be spreading.

To make a long story short, these particular deflection tubes are SIMPLY AMAZING.  In our Elite80 amplifiers they display everything one wants in full range clean music reproduction.  We have since secured a large number of these premium quality 6AV5GAs and can now offer what we feel is a great amplifier at a very reasonable price and maintain the ability to support your investment for years.

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