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6S3P Tube for cathodyne application
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Old 26th September 2021, 04:15 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Mercury99 View Post
The Russian 6S3P-EB tube seems to be a good candidate for Cathodyne PI. It has high gain and low plate operating voltage to allow direct connection. See charts attached.

However, I could not find any reference to this application. In fact, I can't find many applications for this tube on the Internet. Are there any reasons this tube is not popular for audio? Availability? Microphonic? Poor sounding?
6S3P (6S4P) is a great tube, not microphonic at all, great sound, long life and easy to supply. The difference between 6s3p and 6s4p is that 6s4p is designed for ground grid connection and has a different pin layout.
I used 6s4p with a grounded grid in I / V conversion in my DAC and as a cathode follower, sound much better than the ECC88 I used before. Now I use 6HM5 for I / V conversion.
A friend uses 6S3P in his phono preamp and I can only say that it sounds incredibly good, clean, noiseless, great dynamics. 6S3P (6S4P) likes slightly higher currents, from 10 to 15mA.
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Old 27th September 2021, 04:36 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by artosalo View Post
As a reference here is ac-couple version. With 280 V as +Ub it can deliver 1.5-times (30 Vrms) bigger drive voltage with lower THD.
Hi Artosalo, I set up a LTspice simulation on the suggested circuit. I got the same voltage and gain as yours. Looks like we used the same model.

However, the THD from my simulation is 0.557% instead of less than 0.1%. See attached. As I am not well versed in LTspice, I did my simulation at a fixed frequency of 1000 Hz. Can you please explain how did you get the less than 0.1% THD? Thanks.
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Old 27th September 2021, 05:23 PM   #13
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Here is my .asc
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Old 27th September 2021, 05:30 PM   #14
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We used different tube model. Mine was 6S3P-EV:

.SUBCKT 6S3P-EV 1 2 3 ; P G C (Triode) 21-Sep-2007 by oleg_s
+ PARAMS: MU= 50.05 EX= 2.73 KG1=520.29 KP=1378.63
+ KVB=1378.63 VCT=0.00 RGI=1000
+ CCG=6.7P CGP=2.4P CCP=1.65P
E1 7 0 VALUE=
RE1 7 0 1G
G1 1 3 VALUE={(PWR(V(7),EX)+PWRS(V(7),EX))/KG1}
C2 2 1 {CGP} ; GRID-PLATE;

Anyhow, the simulated THD is often indicative, not accurate.
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Old 27th September 2021, 08:19 PM   #15
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After I reduced the maximum time step to the same value as yours, I got the same results. I have to admit that I don't understand the reasons for the change. Thanks for the support!
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Old 27th September 2021, 11:53 PM   #16
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6S3P Tube for cathodyne application
Just be aware of the filament to cathode insulation ratings, I have violated them (filament positive in reference to cathode) without difficulty in the 6S3P, but not by more than 50V or so.

Note that the 6S3P and 6S4P are different in this regard. I currently use 6S3P on the bottom and 6S4P on the top to avoid violating the requirement, but never had a 6S3P fail for this reason in older ones that were all 6S3P.

I still use the 6S3P and 6S4P as cascode input stage of my Muscovite phono pre-amplifier designs.

Voltage swing is somewhat limited, although I have not run up against this in RIAA or line level applications. Likely fine for EL84 and EL34 amps.

They are quiet and very, very linear at the low levels I use them at.
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