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UltraSonic Rx Damping Instrument - Herbie's Audio Lab

UltraSonic Rx Damping Instrument

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UltraSonic Rx Damping Instruments help to bring out the microdynamic speed, linearity, and detail of your source material. Besides reducing microphonic anomalies, Rx allows a freer musical flow, curing a harsh and stealthy "electronics factor" or "dryness" that ultimately ails even some of the most finely honed audio systems. Your tube gear will achieve a fluid, dynamic musical potential like it was engineered to do.

Mildly spring-tempered titanium C-ring holds three modified PTFE isolation pads. Each pad holds a specially formulated polymer O-ring against the tube glass.

Herbie's most popular damping instrument, UltraSonic Rx is appropriate for all audio vacuum tubes, handling radiant heat up to a constant 482° F (250° C).


UltraSonic Rx-Mini: For sub-miniature and Nuvistor tubes approximately 3/8" diameter (9.2mm to 10.4mm), including 5703, 6111, 6112, 6020, 6021, 6088, 6CW4, 6DS4, 6DV4, 6N16B, 7586, 7587, 7895, 8056, 8058, T3 bulb.


UltraSonic Rx-7: For 7-pin miniature tubes and all tubes approximately 5/8" to 3/4" diameter (16mm to 19mm), including 0A2, 0B2, 0C2, 1S5, 12AE6, 12FK6, 12FM6, 12X4, 304B, 3A5, 3S4, 403A/B, 408A, 5591, 5651, 5654, 5654SQ/W, 6005, 6186, 6AK5, 6AK5W, 6AL5, 6AN4, 6AQ5, 6AQ6, 6AU6, 6BH6, 6C4, 6ER5, 6FG5, 6FQ5A, 6FS5, 6FY5, 6GK5, 6J1, 6J1P, 6J1P-EV, 6J6, 6N4, 6P17, 6X4, 6Z4, 7543, 9001, DCC90, DL92, EC90, EF95, M8100, OA2, OB2, OC2, SBA6. (Most 7-pin miniature tubes, at about 19mm diameter [3/4"], can also use UltraSonic 9.)


UltraSonic Rx-9: Fits miniature 9-pin tubes and all tubes 3/4" to 7/8" diameter (19mm to 22mm), including 10GV8, 12AT7/ECC81, 12AU7/ECC82, 12AV7,12AX7/ECC83, 12AY7, 12AZ7, 12B4, 12BH7, 12BY7, 12BZ7, 12DW7, 12FQ7, 2C51, 396, 396A, 417, 5670, 5687, 5751, 5755, 5814, 5842, 5879, 5963, 5965, 6072, 6189, 6201, 6267, 6350, 6385, 6414, 6519P, 6688, 6829, 6840, 6922, 6955, 6973, 6AN8, 6BL8, 6BM8/ECL82, 6BQ5/EL84, 6AW8, 6AW8A, 6BQ7, 6BZ7, 6BW4, 6C19P, 6CA4, 6C45, 6CG7, 6CS7, 6DE7, 6DJ8/ECC88, 6E5P/6E5PI, 6EJ7, 6EU7, 6FQ7, 6GC7, 6GF7A, 6GH8(A), 6GU7, 6GW8, 6H23N, 6H30, 6H6PI, 6N1P, 6N2, 6N2P, 6N23P, 6N30, 6N30P, 6N3P, 6N6/6H6PI, 6N6P, 6P1, 6P1P, 6P1P-EV/6II1II-EB, 6S19P, 6S4, 6U8(A), 6V4, 7025, 7044, 7058, 7062, 7119/E182CC, 7189, 7199, 7308, 7788, 7AU7, 7DJ8, 8416, CCa, D3a, E288CC, E80CC, E80F, E88CC, EC86, ECC189, ECC40, ECC802S, ECC803/S, ECC81, ECC82, ECC83, ECC85, ECC86, ECC99, ECF80, EL821, ECL86, EF184, EF800, EF86, EL821, EL84, EL86, EM84, EZ80, EZ81, M8162, PCC88, PCL82, PCL86, SV83, (T-6 1/2 bulb).


UltraSonic Rx-25: Fits all tubes approximately 1" to 1-1/16" diameter (23mm to 28mm), including metal 12SC7, 5693, "slim" 5Z4, "slim" 6AU4, metal shell 6F6, 6J5, 6R7, metal 6SC7, metal 6SJ7, "slim"6SN7, metal 6V6, 6X5.*


UltraSonic Rx-30: Fits narrow, straight-sided octal tubes and all tubes approximately 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" diameter (28mm to 32mm), including 0A3A (straight-sided), 1266, 12AX3, 12J5/GT, glass 12SJ7, 12SJ7GT, 12SL7/GT, 12SN7/GT, 3CM, 437A, 4P1L, 5691, 5692, 5852, "slim" 5AR4 (G.E., Sovtek/Reflektor, T-9 bulb), 5Y3, 5Y3GA, 5Y3GT, "wide" 5Z4, 6106, 68HC, 6AH4, 6AU4GT, 6AU4GTA, 6AU5, 6AX4GT, 6AX4GTA, 6AX4GTB, 6BL7, 6C5S, 6CJ3, 6D22S, 6DA4/6DA4A, 6DN7, 6EA7, 6EM6, 6EM7, 6EW7, straight-sided 6F6G, 6FD7, 6FM7, 6FY7, 6H4GT, 6J8P, 6K11, 6L6, 6N8P, 6N9P, 6R7GT (glass T-9 bulb), 6SC7 (glass tube), 6SF5-GT (glass tube), 6SH7, glass 6SJ7, 6SJ7GT, "slim" 6SL7, 6SN7, 6SN7GT-series (6SN7GT, 6SN7GTA, 6SN7GTB, 6SN7WGT, 6SN7WGTA), 6V6, 6V6GT (GE, Sylvania, Tung-Sol), 6X5G/GT/WGT, 6Y6, 7355, 7591, 7868, 7N7, C3G, C3M, EC8020, "narrow" EL34 (E-H, Mullard, SED "Winged C," Siemens, Svetlana, Telefunken, NOS Tesla, Tung-Sol), EL34/6CA7 (Svetlana), EL34B (Tung-Sol), GZ30, MT8 bulb, PL504, OA3A (straight-sided), T-9 bulb, VT-231.*


UltraSonic Rx-35: Fits standard, straight-sided octals and all tubes approximately 1-5/16" to 1-7/16" diameter (33mm to 36mm), including 5AR4 (Amperex, G.E., Japanese "Mullard" copy, Mullard, JJ, Shuguang), "slim" 6CA7 (Tung-Sol), 6H6, standard 6L6/5881, 6L6B, 6L6GT, 6L6WGB, 6SF5 (metal shell), 6V6GT (RCA), 6V6S (JJ), E34LS, ECC33, medium-diameter EL34 (Amperex, Philips, JJ, some Mullards, Valvo), EL34B (Shuguang), GZ34 (GE, JJ, Mullard, Philips, Raytheon, RCA), KT77.*


UltraSonic Rx-40: Fits wide and bottle-shaped octals and all tubes approximately 1-1/2" to 1-5/8" diameter (37mm to 44mm), including 0A3 (bottle-shape), 0C3, 0D3, 1626, 19, 27, 30, 37, 3DG4, 520B (near bottom of tube), 5881, "fat-bottle" 5AR4 (Amperex, Mullard, T-11 bulb), 5AW4, straight-sided 5R4-types, straight-sided 5U4 and 5U4-GB (T-12 bulb), 5V3, 5V4, 5Y3GB, 5Y4GA, 5Z4G, 5Z4P, 6080, "slim" 6550, straight-sided 6AS7, 6BY5/G/GA (straight-sided), 6C6, 6C8G, "Big Bottle" 6CA7 (E-H, GE, Sylvania, etc.), "Black Bottle" 6CA7-Z, 6F8G, 6HB5, bottle-shape 6J5 (ST-12 bulb), 6JN6, 6L6GC(E-H, Mazda, JJ, GE, RCA, Sylvania, Tungsol), 6L6WGC, 6LF6, 6P3P, Sophia Electric "bottle" 6SL7 and 6SN7, 7027/A, 7236, 76, 84, 8417, 85, CV3798, "Fat Bottle" EL34 (Big Bottle), EL509, G75/2D, straight-sided GZ32, "slim bottle" GZ37, KT90, OA3 (bottle-shape), OC3, OD3, PL509, QS150/40, VR105, VR75/30, VR75/40.*


UltraSonic Rx-50: For all tubes approximately 1-3/4" to 2-1/8" diameter (45mm to 54mm), including 10Y, 101F, 1610, 2A3 (Brimar, E-H, E-H Gold, RCA, Sovtek, Sylvania, Tung-Sol), 26, 274B (Western Electric), 307A, 35, 350B, 3A/110A, 3A/110B, 3D21A, 421A, 422A, 45 (RCA, Sylvania, TJ, Tung-Sol), 46 bottle-shape, 572-10, 5998, bulb-shaped 5R4-types, 5R4WGA/B (Tung-Sol), bottle-shape 5U4G, 5V4, 5Y3G (Sylvania), 5Z3, 5Z3P/A, 5Z4G (Brimar), standard and wide 6550 (E-H, GE, Philips, RCA, SED, Svetlana, Sylvania, Tung Sol), 6550A, 6550C, bulb-shape 6AS7, 6AS7G, 6B4, 6B4G, 6BY5/G/GA (bottle-shape), 6CA7-Z, 6C33C (upper portion of tube), bulb-shape 6F6G, 6H13, 6H13C, bulb-shape 6L6G, 6N13P, 6Y6G, 71A, 80 bottle-shape, 801/801A, 807, straight-sided 811, 814, C327 ("bulb" 27), CX4, bottle-shaped octals like AZ4, CV181/ECC32, CV181TII (Psvane 6SN7), CV181-Z (Shuguang), CV378 (Mullard), EL156, EL37, bottle-shaped GZ32 (Mullard), GZ33, KT120, KT66, KT88 (E-H, EAT, GEC, Gold Lion/Genalex, JJ/Tesla, SED, Shuguang, Sovtek, Svetlana), PX4, ST-14 bulbST-16 bulb, U52.*


UltraSonic Rx-55: For jumbo-size tubes 2-3/16" to 2-5/16" diameter (55mm to 59mm), including 101D/101F, narrow 211 (RCA), 211/VT-4C (GE), 2A3 (EML), 2A3-Mesh (EML), 274A, 300B "Balloon" (KR), Svetlana 300B, Takatsuki TA-300B, 45 (EML), 46 globe-shape, large bottle 5Y3GB (smaller Mazda uses UltraSonic 40), 80 globe-shape, "narrow" 805 (RCA, United), 829B, 841, 842, narrow 845 (Amperex, RCA), 845A (Shuguang), 872, GE211, "Big Bottle" GZ37, KT150 (specify size "60" in comments section of order form), SV811-10, ST-17 bulb, T-18 bulb.*


UltraSonic Rx-65: With plenty of flex to accomodate a wide range of tube diameters, fits giant tubes from 2-3/8" to 3" diameter (60mm to 76mm), including 101D "tennis ball," 101J, 102B, wide 211 (Sophia, TJ), 274B (EML, Shuguang, Sophia, Valve Art), 2A3-40W (JJ), 2A3 Meshplate (Sophia, TJ), 2A3 Globe Meshplate (Sophia, TJ), 2A3C (Shuguang), 300B (AVVT, E-H, EML, JJ/Tesla, Sovtek, KR, TJ/Full Music, Western Electric), 300B-XLS (EML, KR), Meshplate 300B (EML, Golden Dragon, TJ, Sophia, Shuguang, Valve Art), 300B Globe Meshplate (Sophia, TJ), 32B, Globe 45 (TJ/Full Music/Sophia), 45C, 45N, EML 45-mesh, 50, 520B, EML 5U4G-Mesh & 5Z3-Mesh,6C33C (wide portion of tube), 803, "wide" 805 (Amperex, Shuguang, TJ), 811A, 813, wide 845 (Sophia, Shuguang metal plate, TJ), 845B (Shuguang), F2A, GM70, PX25, ST-18 bulb, ST-19 bulbT-20 bulb.*


UltraSonic Rx-100: With extra-heavy-gauge stainless steel C-ring and four isolation pads, UltraSonic 100 dampers thoroughly tame microphonics in super-giant tubes 3-1/2" to 4-5/8" diameter (89mm to 118mm), including 833, KR T-1610 (Kronzilla), and tubes using T-36 bulb.


Changing Gear?  UltraSonic Rx isolation pads can be slid off one titanium C-ring and onto another. If you need a different size than what you have, spare C-rings are available, so you don't have to buy a whole damping instrument to change sizes.

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RH
03/02/2020
Rich H.
Canada Canada

Ultrasonic RX dampers on ARC Reference 3, 6h30p-dr output tubes

As good as the NOS Reflector 6h30p-dr tubes are, they blow away any other 6h30 makes I have heard, these dampers put this pre amp in another league. Like some of the other ARC owners reviewing this product, my thoughts are pretty much the same. Especially about the soundstage height, and how real instruments sound, in my case some recordings with stand up bass, they now have more texture, and less boomy sounding, and cymbals sound incredibly real. I also put the Halo 111 on the NOS GE 6550 rectifier tube. All in all they are an excellent product and worth the money. Rich H.

JL
02/17/2020
Jean-Francois L.
France France

Excellent items

Very good tube dampers, heard immediately the difference !

PL
01/24/2020
Paul L.
United States United States

Tube dampers - rectifier tubes

I have been using Herbies since they first came out from Steve. I bought a new Lampizater dac I have several tubes and a huge coke bottle 5au4g rectifier tube ,many people think a rectifier tube - vibration doesnot matter Totally wrong Everything is a bit sharper more focused, well worth the extra bucks now need to get some for my output tubes and input tubes on new amp.Highly recommended ,PJ Letteri.

E
01/12/2020
E-Ton
Netherlands Netherlands

Ultrasonic Rx Damping Instrument Rx-9

I have put the dampers one third way down from the top of the tubes. I can confirm what is said in other reviews on this site Instruments are better separated There is more transparency Music seems more energetic There is more air around the instruments More insight into the recording price-performance ratio is outstanding Equipment I use; Leben CS-300 XS Integrated Amplifier EL84 and 12AX7 Sovtek valves.

MW
01/01/2020
MARTIN W.
United States United States

Tube dampers

Essential audio accessories. Beautifully designed and built. What's not to like?

MF
12/11/2019
Mike F.
United States United States

Beneficial and Cost Effective Too!

Very well made dampeners that I’m now using on all signal and output tubes. Results have been excellent - greater image specificity, a more spatial soundstage, blacker background and, I believe, greater timbral accuracy too. Given the results, the dampening instruments represent excellent value.

JC
12/10/2019
Jack C.
United States United States

Simple, effective tweek

Tightened the audio image thus making it clearer and more transparent.

HH
11/17/2019
Harold H.
United States United States

Wow

I put these in my headphone amplifier and it changed everything sound stage bigger and all aspects of the music were more detailed.

AY
10/26/2019
Andrew Y.
United States United States

Rx dampers on ARC ref6 preamp output 6h30 tubess

More space, greater depth of music and improved seperation. It has never sounded better. I also used Hallo lll on the tungsol 6550 rectifier and the 6h30 input tube. There placement is just below the tubes curve near the top. On the rectifier tube it is placed on the widest part of the tube.

LW
08/15/2019
Lory W.
United States United States

UltraSonic Rx Damping Instrument

Purchased these for the PSVane 6SN7 driver (pre-amp.) tubes on my Feliks-Audio Elise. As the tubes are new production and free of audible microphonics, I wasn't sure how much benefit I would hear. Happily, they did indeed make a very impactful sonic difference. The amp. initially had a bit of mid-range "smear" with complex music, and bass was a bit loose. Both of these aspects are audibly improved with the dampers in place. The sound stage realism and instrument separation are also noticeably better, with a bit more treble sparkle and air, but no sibilance. These differences are not night and day, and can't make a mediocre tube amp. or shoddy tube set perform better than their intrinsic capabilities, but I do think the UltraRx dampers help me get the most out of my gear. I vary as to whether I find their appearance, tensioned gently around my tubes, rather handsome or a bit like my tubes visited the orthodontist, but most often I forget they are in place as unless you "stare" they are pretty neutral aesthetically. Importantly, for their very reasonable cost, the UltraRx dampers are a low risk thing to trial, and in my use case, a very worthwhile "bang for buck" addition.

RB
08/14/2019
Roger B.
United States United States

Herbie’s Tube Dampers—more Detail and Clarity in my system!

I have Herbie’s Tube Dampers on all my power amp tubes, both small signal and power tubes. In my system I am hearing more details, ambience and depth with the tube dampers on. They work by reducing the microphonics of the tubes caused from the vibrations of the transformers and sound waves. You can easily feel these micro vibrations by simply touching your tube equipment’s cabinet.

Roger B. verified customer review of UltraSonic Rx Damping Instrument
RR
08/02/2019
Rui R.

Surpassed Expectations

Heard a lot about it on Audiogon and decided give it a try replacing the original rings of the 4 output 6H30 tubes of my ARC Ref5SE. Just as other pals reported it is a huge improvement, not minor, and a really worth it. Big step in dynamics, soundstage specially width and height (wow), focus in instrument timbre, decay and attack, all producing an amazing better sense of being there. Almost unreal the soundstage height reached on some records, so as the realistic metallic timbre of the known difficult sound of cimbals and hi hats. Really worth the trouble of having to go and grab them out of customs (Portugal). Really happy. Herbie's dampers are no doubt a champion product.