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Accessories - Tube Dampers

This month I have tested various tube dampers.

Why ? simply because I have a great tube preamp, the JADIS  JP80MC.
I now that microphonics are very important and on a very qquiet system, you really ear the difference !
Look at the schematics herebelow showing the difference between "with tube dampers" and "without"...  Easy to understand.


Here below are some products actualy available on the market:


1) Absorb gel


What can we say about this product ? nothing except that you have to put a socket on your socket, and as you know, adding more components is rarely better regarding the final quality.
So this one is out.


2) Blue note Midas


Great name for this product " Midas ", which is also very complex and difficult to put on the tube. You need also a lot of space between the tubes, that of course you will miss most of the time..... Everything is metallic. The result is very poor.


3) Duende Criatura


Strange name, manufactured in the Netherlands. The ring must be put on the top of the tube and it’s not a complete ring. It is cut somewhere in the middle.

With this one, you get a significant improvement. The space and the accuracy of the stage are perfect. I don’t know why, but try it!.


4) Eat cool damper


Another product, very easy to install. The company who manufactures it says to have spent a lot of time in Research and Development, but the result is again very poor.


5) Hal-o


The last one, created by a DIY american guy. Again, very easy to install: 3 seconds maximum. Done in special plastic.
And, miracle, this one works very well !

I prefer it from Criatura because the sound is sweeter and cooler, but the accuracy is none in the same league. Try it !.

Article written by Florent.

Creation date : 06/10/2007 @ 12:29
Last update : 19/01/2016 @ 17:29
Category : Accessories
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