Feedback received via email from Steve D.:
“Are those stupid Psvane 12AX7 T-II’s you guys sold me ever good! Instead of doing the standard PC audiophile “audition report” routine, permit me to be real. When I got into audio in a serious (i.e., a spiritual) way around 1999/2000, I found Arthur Salvatore’s new (back then) website (high-endaudio.com), and I have been a convert to low-level information retrieval ever since. My system is very biased towards this. I use a Jean Nantais Classic Lenco TT, with upgrades, which leads my vinyl front end (history will judge him as the Stradivarius of turntables, no exaggeration). George Wright’s (RIP) gem of a 12AX7 phono pre. Large double c-core passive TVC line stage. DIY crossover less full range speakers, 97 db/w/m.
My system won’t make the front of any audio mag, but it is very revealing. My initial impressions of the Psvane tubes in the Wright phono were: mids opened up first, dramatic increase in sound stage depth (plus other improvements); then same for bass; highs were the last to develop; getting better with every album. Read more...
Feedback received from Stephen D. via email:
“The Psvane (12AX7-TII) were obviously better right out of the box. Most importantly, I was hearing nuances that I hadn’t heard before. Better low-level information retrieval, which is the most critical sonic parameter, IMO. On Art Blakey / Jazz Messangers Three Blind Mice, the lead trumpet was more forward towards the mic, both spatially and sonically (in terms of amplitude – I’m still digesting this one, very different presentation). The music had all around better organization / less homogenized. Tone was excellent. Also listened to reissue of Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon and Clapton’s Unplugged, which were better than I had previously heard them.
The frequency extremes are slower than the mids to open up, but I only have 2.5 albums worth of listening, so far. My initial impression are that these T-IIs are an excellent choice in the phono preamp application in terms of sonics, and thus they offer good value. I’m looking forward to further re-visiting the mainstays of my vinyl collection to hear what I’ve been missing.”
The newly launched Psvane KT88-UK and 6SN7-UK are filling the gap on the market for affordability and performance. Presenting a warm relaxed ‘British’ tube sound, these UK series will give you an excellent option when you consider to swap out your old tired generic tubes come from your amp manufacturer.
In response to strong demand for high output power tubes, we now carry Tung-Sol KT120 and KT150 tubes in matched quad. Matching service is provided by the Tung-Sol USA distributor and we ship from Canada to buyers worldwide.
Check out details and pricing here.
Feedback received from Peter R. in Australia on WE300B Replica:
“I’ve just loaded up my Shindo Concertino with a new pair of Psvane 300B WE Replica’s from Grant Fidelity and was totally surprised at what I heard – straight out the box! It made me realize that these valves are a cut above.
I can’t compare them to original or re-issue WE’s, so these comments are more a comparison with brands such as Full Music and Golden Dragon – and over 50 years of listening to valve amps.
At this very early stage there seems more of everything. The sound is sweeter and deeper and very musical. These Psvane’s are certainly in a different league to others I’ve heard in the 300b territory.
Maybe calling them WE Replica’s might encourage some skeptical reviews, but that aside they are front-runners in their own right and they give me some insight into why we hear so much about the legendry originals.
I’ll come back in a few weeks with an update.”
- June 3rd review update: Read more...
Update – April 12th, 2014: In addition to KT88-Z and CV181-Z, we are adding back in 6CA7-Z model of Shuguang Treasure black bottle tubes now (April 2014) with our newly formed quality control collaboration with Shuguang tube factory.
Grant Fidelity discontinued our offering the Treasure tubes in 2011 as the original ‘Treasure tube’ design team left Shuguang to form their own company ‘Psvane Audio’ and offer tubes under ‘Psvane’ brand. From 2011 to now, Shuguang has restructured its design team but the Treasure tubes have been sold through various channels with no clear quality indication. Grant Fidelity now has formed special collaboration with the Shuguang quality control team to ‘select, screen and supply’ tubes that Grant Fidelity deem to pass our quality requirement to meet customers’ needs for ‘once gone back, never look back’. All our ‘Select’ quality tubes have print on the tubes ‘Select by GF-LJX’ with anti-counterfeit label on the base. Interested in ordering yours? Click here.
Review by Tom Scata:
“On 1/20/14 I received WE845 tubes from Grant Fidelity to use in my Mastersound Reference 845. My birthday was a couple of days later so I was able to convince my wife to allow me to splurge and purchase the quad of WE845 tubes. However I was a tad concerned because Western Electric never made an 845 tube and I wasn’t about to drop-in a quad of possibly “pseudo 845 tubes” which might possibly damage my $12.5K, 135lb, world-class, Mastersound Reference 845 SET amp! So I got in touch with Rachel at Grant Fidelity. She was quite pleasant and took the time to answer all my questions. I asked Rachel how Grant Fidelity could be selling replicas of a Western Electric 845 tube that never existed. She explained these WE845 tubes were voiced to sound like the Western Electric 284A tube, but were built to RCA 845 specifications. Doing that made them a direct drop-in replacement tube for any amp that uses 845 tubes. Feeling reassured these WE845 tubes were safe to use in my amp I ordered a quad of them. . Read more...
Review done by Audiokarma member ‘guystp’: ”PSVANE 845T II tubes- A few weeks ago, Rachel at Grant Fidelity handed me and pair of these tubes and asked me to try them out and possibly write a review on them. Of course, I’m all in for that! From the second I put these these in my Shuguang S845MK II amps, I heard a difference to the stock Shuguang tubes. Keeping things in perspective, the stock tubes cost approximately $200.00/pr. and the T II series from Psvane will run you $485.00 for a pair of GF’s grade A tubes. Therefore there should be a significant difference. Read more...
New Addition! - Nov 20th, 2013: Shuguang Treasure CV181-Z has been added back with same ‘Select’ quality as we did with the KT88-Z as described below. This model is highly popular with ModWright equipment and many high end pre-amplifier, integrated amplifier as driver tube, or in 845/805 type Monoblocks.
Update – Aug 26, 2013: We are adding back in KT88-Z model of Shuguang Treasure black bottle tubes now (Aug 2013) with our newly formed quality control collaboration with Shuguang tube factory.
Grant Fidelity discontinued our offering the Treasure tubes in 2011 as the original ‘Treasure tube’ design team left Shuguang to form their own company ‘Psvane Audio’ and offer tubes under ‘Psvane’ brand. From 2011 to now, Shuguang has restructured its design team but the Treasure tubes have been sold through various channels with no clear quality indication. Grant Fidelity now has formed special collaboration with the Shuguang quality control team to ‘select, screen and supply’ tubes that Grant Fidelity deem to pass our quality requirement to meet customers’ needs for ‘once gone back, never look back’ . (picture above: credit to KT88-Z owner Greg Lorenzo)
New additions to the Psvane Western Electric Replica series – bring vintage legendary sound to you without NOS price tag! - Psvane WE845 ($799/pair with free shipping)