Cary Audio SLP-5 Preamp Tube Replacement.

Hello Guys,

I have stock tubes in my Cary SLP-05 and want to replace them with Psvane CV181-T MKII (6SN7) or you have any other recommendations? I am hoping you can help me if I need to buy all eight tubes or I can do with less tubes. I hope they fit in Cary and which slots I should replace them in? I only use RCA cables and not balanced cables. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks.



@couger4u The Linlai E-6SN7 tubes fit fine in the SLP-05.  I tried a variety of NOS and new production tubes and I liked the LinLai tubes the best.  They are very transparent and neutral with excellent top and bottom end extension.  I think they excel at soundstage.  If you are looking for a tube that provides some sort of boost, either to the top or bottom end I don't think they do that, they are very uncolored but just sound very good.  I have dozens of pairs of 6SN7 tubes and the LinLai's have become my tube of choice.

I have dozens of pairs of 6SN7 tubes and the LinLai's have become my tube of choice

@pinwa  , just a few questions for you as I am also a SL05 owner/operator who is always interested in better living through electronics:

1) how have you configured your SLP05 as far as the Linlais go?  Do you have the Linlais in all six sockets, or only the balanced inputs, or only in the four left and right + and - phase buffers sockets?

2)if you are only running a pair of Linlais in the left and right balanced input sockets, what are you running in the other four sockets?

3)I was looking at Viva's site earlier today and there sem to be a few different grades or models(?) of the Linlai 6SN7; which are you using?


Hi all, 

just ordered Linlai E6SN7 quad for SLP05. I had Linlai before on Supratech Caberet and liked them. So, let's see how they fare with Cary. I will let you know. Thanks to you all.

Very curious to see how the tubes work out for you! I’m about to finish building a Tubes4HiFi SP14 preamp and will be needing to order a quad of 6SN7’s for it.


Been leaning towards the Black Treasure CV181, but have read good things about the Linlai E-6SN7’s. otherwise it’s going to be some NOS Sylvania.


The prices from AliXpress are really good on the Linlai. 

@couger4u  , I meant to ask you who you ordered from?  (I may want to upgrade in those four sockets myself.)