Last month I already posted some feedback from users of the new TM801A tubes. In the meantime I received more feedback which I am allowed to share with you.
The first report is from a gentlemen who uses a silver 10Y linestage along with 46 drive 46 mono blocks and a D3a phono stage. He compared both ER801A-Mo and TM801A against old production Sylvania 10Y in the 10Y line preamp. Here is his report translated by me from german:
I just finished the comparison of the tubes which you sent. Here is my report:
The first tests were done with LPs played on my AMG Viella "Forte" turntable with AMG JT12 "Turbo" tonearm and the Myajima "Kansui" cartridge which was hooked up to the D3a phono. These are the three LPs I concentrated on:
When my Differential D3A Phono Silver was delivered by Thomas in early August and sound for the first time in combination with the Differential ER 801A Line Silver and the TM300B SE Monos Silver and the vinyl front end (Doehmann Helix One Mk2, Acoustical Systems Axiom tonearm and Top Wing Red Sparrow pickup) on the Aries Cerat Symphonias it was immediately clear, this chain fulfills all my hopes for a very subtle, realistic music reproduction that offers a wealth of the finest timbres and spatial information, playful, effortless dynamics and wonderful timing. The musicality and the realism of the presentation was so convincing that I didn't believe the new TM801A, of which Thomas brought 2 pairs, would really intensify the sound experience in my chain. Oh how one can deceive oneself. When I finally got around to testing the new TM801A in the Differential ER801A Line Silver after a few weeks, it was clear after a few minutes that I was so wrong. The synergy of the TM801A in the preamp and the TM300B in the monos is fantastic. The previously described sound qualities are clearly intensified again, without any showmanship or exaggeration. Listening to music becomes an even more moving experience. Fantastic! The journey of sound discovery through my small collection of LPs begins anew.
Thank you Thomas for letting all that happen.
Just a final remark. There are many audiophiles who think that the extensive use of silver in such a system would automatically result in a too bright and harsh sound. Maybe this is true for certain pre-amps/amps but definitely not for the ones Thomas builds.