Which 6SN7 tube won the right to be called the best and the worst?
Updated August 9th, 2020
Based on user ratings in the last 8 years and over 5000 ratings submitted, here is the list of winners and losers. The system is based on 5 stars.
Old Stock 6sn7
- Sylvania 6sn7GT Black T-Plates 3-holes Bad Boys (4.83)
- Raytheon 6SN7GT Black Glass Flat Plates (4.5)
- Sylvania CHS 6SN7W Metal Base (4.44)
- MELZ 6N8S/6SN7 Gray Plates holes in plate (4.41)
- Tung-Sol 6SN7GT Black T-plate Mouse ears mica (4.33)
No surprises here at all. Wonderful tubes! Sylvania 6sn7GT Black T-Plates 3-holes Bad Boys also won the best tube title based on overall ratings.
Bam! Tung-Sol 6SN7GT Round Black Plates is rated very poorly by users despite the hype. Only 1 tube is included here as the rest of them rated above 3.5
New Production 6sn7
Since very few new production 6sn7 tube have reviews, only 1 winner and 1 looser is listed
- Electro-Harmonix Gold 6SN7EH (4.09)
- TJ Full Music 6SN7 China (3.38)
Another hyped up tube that tested very poorly.
DISCLAIMER: This is not a definitive list of all best and worst 6SN7. It’s purely based on over 5,000 ratings submitted by the users of this site.
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