Sensibly equivalent¶ to:
44XP CV563 CV1679 DA30 DO26 DO30 NR56
The CV1178 as labeled at HMS Collingwood is a sample valve produced for type approval. Other sources suggest that the valve is a late (1950s) example of the M-OV Type DA30, supplied and marked for Service use. Indeed the CV specification was based on the DA30 and DO30.
The DA30 is essentially an uprated PX25 (PP5/400) with a wider grid pitch and lower μ value. It was intended for use in push-pull pairs (Class AB1) to provide up to 45 W of undistorted audio for PA systems and transmitter voice modulation.
In this respect it is nearly twice as powerful as the PX25.
The advantage of Class AB1 is that it allows very high peak output with large variable signal levels (eg. audio) but consumes relatively little power whenever the signal level is (briefly) low, as with speech). The penalty is that a large negative grid bias is required and the peak signal input must be correspondingly high. Up to 288 V pk - pk. However, as the grid circuit does not need to consume significant amounts of audio drive power, the preamplifier can be a low power type and the high peak grid voltage requirements can be met by using a push-pull drive transformer. Heavy but efficient and cool-running.
The classic envelope is 48 mm in diameter and, excluding the B4 base pins, is 139 mm tall.
References: Datasheet & private communication.
Absolute Maximum Operating Conditions¶
Updated October 09, 2013.