Data Sheet

EML520B-V2
EML520B-V3
EML520B-V4

Description

Emission Labs 520B tube

The 520B is a long Anode Version of the older 52B, with many technical improvements added. The EML520B is a state of the art product, in the family of the 300B tubes. This powerful tube is recommended for new designs. The 520B has the same outside dimensions as the '845' tube, but longer Anodes. All critical parts, like filaments, grids and Anodes are constructed of hard metal for higher reliability and reproducible quality. Note the relation between the tube base, and and the glass bulb. Then compare this with our 300B. This gives you some idea of this tube's size.

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Features

  • Gold Plated Grid (See Notes)
  • Soft rubber suspended tube base
  • Hard metal Construction (See Notes)
  • Two extra large getters
  • Hand blown Glass bulb
  • Anti-microphonic Anode- and grid suspension
  • These tubes are shipped in a high quality dual box
  • Tube printing with real gold (metal),red color is glass burned into the glass
  • Gold Plated pins,black ceramic socket.(White bottom.)

Sound Character and use of the EML 520B

1. Use as improved 300B tube

Though this is no drop-in replacement for 300B, it is possible to replace a 300B with this tube, provided some things which must be checked. Care needs to be taken to have the right bias, and also it needs to be sure the heater supply will still do 5V at the higher current of the 520B. (2.1 Ampere vs 1.3 Ampere of 300B). With some knowledge of electronics, these can be used as ultimate upgrades for 300B tubes.

One of the best things of the 520B is the lower Anode resistance (480 Ohms of 520B vs 700 Ohms of the 300B). This will lead to higher efficiency of the amplifier, and a more output signal, even at the SAME bias settings. Moreover the signal will be less distorted at higher volume, The lower Anode impedance will also give better control of the BASS speaker chassis, since the damping factor increases with 25% compared to standard 300B. This will not give so much louder bass, but more natural soundig bass. This can be done with existing 300B amplifiers, provided the technical checks, described in the previous text.

2. Use as large high power 300B tube

In cases where a significant higher bias of the tube is possible, an undistorted 18....20Watt Single Ended power can be supplied by the 520B tube with great ease, or up to 24 Watt as a maximum. This requires dedicated amplifier design.

3. Use as Push Pull tube

The 520B-V3 is very well suited for Push Pull applications also, since the higher peak emission (vs 300B) will ensure much longer lifetime for the 520B. Occasional overload of a push pull amplifiers is sometimes hard to prevent, if the user wants the maximum out of it. Other than with SE amplifiers, the power dissipation of a Push Pull amplifier is very dependant of the maximum output signal, and rises even sharply if drivem into distortion. Unlike the previous models (called 52B), the 520B is not immediately taking damage of accidental abuse. Of course we can not specify how far you can exceed the maximum, but the thermal capacitance of the anode is very large, and this is the best protection against accidental (short time) overload. Another protection is the special grid, which will not develop grid current after occasional overload of the Push Pull stage. Last but not least we use a special anode composite, which allows very high dissipation. We do not specify how much, but there is considerable reserve in the specifications of the 520B, making it a very reliable tubem despite it's hard use condition. d.

We have three versions for the heater:
  1. The older 6.5 Volts heater. (Version V2)
  2. The newer 5Volts heater. (Version V3)
  3. The Center Tapped (balanced) 5 Volts heater with Octal base. (Version V4)

With the Balanced Heater, we enter an entirely new field of applications. This has not been done before with Audio tubes. When biasing a DHT tube there is no cathode to connect something to. The cathode must be artificially constructed, by a resistor network. Since many years, all EML tubes already feature a center tapped heater, which methode we used to enforce better electrical field geometry. Only, this center tap had no electrical connection to the outside world. So for the V4 Version, we had to make no changes to the tube itself. We just connected the center tap to the socket, which becomes the third connection of the heater. Now the tube has five wire connections, and for this reason we could not use the 4-Pin UX4 base any more. We have chosen for the Octal base. It must be said, the V4 is a very special tube, which fulfills the needs of Circuit Design purists the best possible way. Depending on how you do it, you can enter new design fields, or you may choose to connect the center tapped tubes just the classical way. Even so, for tube testing you can ignore the center tap, and just connect the tube the regular (four pole) way. In that case, the EML1605-V4 will behave like a standard four pole tube. In the case you own center tapped tubes, but you whish to connect them like a non-center tapped tube, this is possible too. In that case just do not connect the center tap.

Link to Application Note AN-6 about balanced (center tapped) heater tubes is here

Please read all notes at the bottom of this data sheet before installing this tube.

Filament Ratings (See note4 and 5)
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520B-V2
520B-V3
520B-V4
Filament Voltage (AC or DC)
= 6.5 Volt
= 5.0 Volt
= 5.0V with Balanced Heater.
( 2x 2.5V )
Tolerance on filament voltage
5%
5%
5%
Filament Current
~ 1.5 Amp.
~ 2.0 Amp.
~2.0 Amp.

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Maximum Conditions
Not possible simultaneously
See also the notes.
Anode Voltage
550Volt
Anode Current
200mA
Tube Output Power
24 Watt

Highest possible Grid to ground resistor, Single Ended.

150kOhm

Highest possible Grid to ground resistor, Push-Pull.

50kOhm

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EML 520B Factory Test conditions
Anode Voltage
495V
Anode Current
120mA
Control Grid Voltage
As Matched
Avarage -102V
Transconductance

As Matched
Average 7.9mA/V

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Typical application
Recommended operating point
See also Note3.

All bias methods are possible

Anode Voltage
458V
Anode Dissipation
55Watt
Anode Current
120mA
Grid DC Voltage
-91Volt
Anode Impedance (Rp)
520Ohms
Unloaded Gain (mu)
6.7
Effective Gain
5.6

Tube Power Output in Class A

21.6Watt
Load Impedance (Ra)
2600 Ohm
Lundahl Transformer

LL1679-120mA
Alt C, D or E for
4, 8 or 16 Ohms

Grid resistor to ground
Max. 100kOhm

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520B Single Ended operating points

Anode Voltage

(Against Heater)

Control Grid Voltage

(Against Heater)

Anode Current (mA)
Anode Rp (Ohm)
Load (Ohm)

Anode Dissi-pation (Watt)

Power
Output (Watt)
2nd harm.
(dB)

Recommended Lundahl Transformer

400
-82
80
530
2800
32
13.2
30
LL1679-120mA
400
-81
100
530
2000
40
15.6
25
LL1679-120mA
400
-80
120
510
2000
48
18.7
25
LL1679-120mA
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450
-95
80
580
3300
36
13.0
27
450
-92
100
520
3600
45
14.3
31
450
-91
110
520
3600
50
15.6
31
450
-89
120
520
2600
54
21.5
24
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500
-106
90
620
3600
45
16.0
32
500
-104
100
560
3600
50
17.5
32
500
-102
110
560
2600
55
24.0
25
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Other operating points: For operating points, not given here, you can estimate the parameters by averaging between two rows of this table.

Output Power: Specified at the tube, so transformer loss must be substracted. This is depending on the transformer choice and quality. Low Loss transformers have larger dimensions.

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EML 520B Anode Curves

alternate text520B Anode Curves Print Version (full size pdf)
Download these curves as PTE file

What are PTE files?

 

Bias-EML-520B

Some suggestions for Auto Bias

 

EML 520B Mechanical Data

UX4 BASE CONNECTIONS (UX4)

Size including Socket
(but excluding pins)

200 x 68 mm
7.5 x 2.7 Inch

OCTAL BASE CONNECIONS

Pin 1+2: Heater1
Pin 6+7: Heater2
Pin 8: Center Tap (Cathode)
Pin3: Anode
Pin5: Grid

Shipped weight
for double box
950 Gram

Notes

  1. This is a heavy power tube, and using it safely means avoid risks. The maximum conditions can be destructive limits, if exceeded continiously. A 'maximum possible' working point exists, but we do not specify it, because it is generally not a good idea to try this with any power device, as well as vacuum or solid state. So what we publish here, are recommended working points, for best reliability, optimized sound and safe use, all at the same time.
  2. Hard-metals can be used in electron tubes, though these are more difficult to use, and more costly than the classical nickel. Hard metal Anodes have a more precise Anode distance, and do not change shape when heated, or at mechanical shock. This ensures reproducible tube parameters, and long term stability. Wolfram grids allow the most precise grid wire distance, because wolfram is an extreme hard metal. Best grid geometry ensures uniformity and linearity of the tube curves. Gold Grids is a word generally used for gold Plated grids, so not gold wire grids. The grids we use, are made of specially purified hard metal, which is then thermally Gold Plated. The advantage of gold Plated grids is better temperature stability, and lower grid current if the tube gets very hot, and (within limits) it protects the tube from overheating damage and gives some self repairing effect after accidental overheating.
  3. Filament current has changed, from June 2005 to the value in this data sheet For tubes of older date, please refer to the filament current value as written on the certificate that is in the original tube box. Please inquire when this data got lost.
  4. When using a slow-start circuit for the filament, it is definitely not allowed to apply Anode voltage during that time. This voids the guarantee on our tubes. Don't experiment with lower filament voltage, to expect better lifetime. If it was that easy, we would make them like this ourselves. The specified filament voltage is the one for best lifetime.
  5. Individual Test data, such as: Matching Data, Grid Current, Vacuum, Filament Current, etc., are on the Certificate that is on the outside of the tube box. Each tube is numbered from the inside, with a metal Tag
  6. The curves for this tube are plotted, with AC heating. For DC heating, all grid voltages shift 2.5 Volts.
  7. Heater voltage is always defined at the tubes pins itself. There may be some voltage drop along the wires, and tube contacts as well. So voltage measured at the tube socket wiring should be 5.1V.