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Offline pduk

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Western Electric 300B (2019)
« on: December 21, 2018, 04:40:11 am »
I've just received notification of the pre-order window for the new WE 300B production. The web page is at http://www.westernelectric.com/products/300b.html

I'm really very happy with the sound I get from the EH 300Bs that came with the Kaiju, but I am intrigued to know what these will sound like and I'll be pre-ordering a matched pair as soon as possible (February for me, I hope, since I'm in the UK not the USA).

Would love to hear any impressions from anyone lucky enough to preview samples from this new production run!

Paul.

Offline Sp33ls

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Re: Western Electric 300B (2019)
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2019, 06:04:56 am »
I have the same question...

I'm wondering if I should just wait on your review before pulling the trigger :) It'd definitely be a long-term investment -- as I'd imagine they should [ideally] last a long, long time.

Have others had positive results with rolling their 300B's in the Kaiju? Is it as noticeable as changing the 5670's?




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Re: Western Electric 300B (2019)
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2019, 10:49:18 am »
I plan to pre-order a pair as soon as I can.  Expensive yes, but hey it a classic and it's American and not that much more than the high end Chinese tubes.
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Re: Western Electric 300B (2019)
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2019, 12:50:56 pm »
An iconic brand and a classic product - intriguing to say the least.

Given the price, one might be hard pressed to many, if any, of these tubes.  Given that, where one the system would one deploy these to the best advantage?  In a pre-amp (such as the Bee Pre) or in the finals, as in the Kaiju or similar?

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Re: Western Electric 300B (2019)
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2019, 01:05:21 pm »
I'd probably use them in the BeePre, just because the tube life should be ridiculously long. 
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Re: Western Electric 300B (2019)
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2019, 01:09:12 pm »
I'd listen to them in both positions and then make a decision. My past experience with them was that they had a slight midrange emphasis and maybe just a hint  of softness on the top end. Where you might want those characteristics in the system is going to depend on the individual system - source, speakers, etc.
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Re: Western Electric 300B (2019)
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2019, 04:38:46 am »
The pre-order price has gone from $1299 to $1349 and finally to $1499/pair.  Still, I plan on ordering a pair.  The 5-year warranty makes it a little easier to justify.

Gerry 

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Re: Western Electric 300B (2019)
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2019, 05:42:05 am »
Preordering opened today!
Niagara 7000
Benchmark DAC3L (XBOX1 and TV)
CA Performance w/ Satisfy Turntable
Talismann V2 CA Cartridge
Tavish Designs Adagio Vacuum Tube Phono
BHSE Amp
Stax SR-009
BeePre 300B w/ BeeQuiet and Cinemag Transformers
Kaiju 300B w/ DC Filament
Jäger Speakers
Transparent and Benchmark Cables

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Re: Western Electric 300B (2019)
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2019, 05:59:59 am »
I tried to pre order, but error messages and warnings from my Chrome browser and sercurity software that the site was not secure.  Sent an email to Western Electric.

Cheers,
Geary
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Re: Western Electric 300B (2019)
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2019, 10:14:24 am »
I had no problem submitting my pre-order within the first 30 seconds of the pre-order button showing up on their website.  Order number 1030996XX where XX represents the last two digits.  Now the question is: When will they ship?  A week, month, 3 months or ??.  BTW, I'm not sure about that 5 year warranty.  The pre-order page had 1 year.  Maybe if you send in the warranty card or that was only for the original 1996 re-issues.

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Re: Western Electric 300B (2019)
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2019, 12:43:30 pm »
or ??.     
^I vote for that one.
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Re: Western Electric 300B (2019)
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2019, 07:18:28 pm »
I had no problem submitting my pre-order within the first 30 seconds of the pre-order button showing up on their website.  Order number 1030996XX where XX represents the last two digits.  Now the question is: When will they ship?  A week, month, 3 months or ??.  BTW, I'm not sure about that 5 year warranty.  The pre-order page had 1 year.  Maybe if you send in the warranty card or that was only for the original 1996 re-issues.

Gerry                     

WE emailed back that the site was secured via SSL. My security software still said not secure, but  I submitted my order. (Too many years in payments FinTech to not be concerned!)  I am in no big hurry and they won't hit the card until shipping time, so no real risk.  I have been happy with my Gold Lion and Shuguang Treasures.

Cheers,
Geary
VPI TNT IV/JMW12.7i/FR1 MkII Soundsmith retip >Eros TH+ Otari MX5050 IIIB2 > Eros + ANK Dac2.1 > BeePre >Paramount 300B 7N7 > EV Sentry IV-A

Crack 7N7 > Sennheiser HD650 & AKG K240 Sextetts

Thorens TD124/Ortofon RMG-212/SPU >Seduction > Smash^Up> Paramour 45 MQ >K12's