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A followup...I'm listening now through my Mac Mini, and it sounds much better than it did from my Macbook Pro - it has as much kick as the iPod direct, and HiRez is sounding better - in fact the whole thing seems a bit smoother than the iPod, so the sound is a slight upgrade over the iPod now when using the USB input.  Conclusion:  the HiFiM8 is fantastic, but the USB/digital audio output from my laptop is wonky.  It's an older machine that's not under Applecare anymore,...
No, I'm using a Mac...that's what's confusing me!  But hopefully I'll get a chance to try it out with my Mac Mini desktop system tomorrow (been too busy today), to determine whether it's a problem with my laptop or with the HiFiM8.
I received my HiFiM8 today, and am finally giving it a listen 7 months after ordering...it was worth the wait!  So far, I've tried 2 configurations:   1)  USB out of my MacBook Pro, which is SSD equipped, using iTunes via BitPerfect   2)  iPod Classic, hooked up the "normal" way.   I'm not sure how much of it is the USB implementation on the M8 and how much is the difference between iPod Classic and the computer, but the iPod version sounds a *lot* better than via...
Am running 6EM7 and 596, they sound great and function perfectly so far.
My opinion...I wouldn't go for a WA22, as good as it is. I would go straight for the top and do a WA5LE. That one has the potential to replace both of your amps and be an improvement on both and it won't require a change in your ecosystem to maximize a balanced setup. The other alternative is to sell both the HE500 and LCD2 to fund the purchase of an LCD3. Either of these options IMHO would ensure that you are making a significant upgrade of the sound that you already...
Put in my order last week...am looking forward to hearing using it with my laptop and idevices around the house on my LCD3's, and on the go with my portable cans (which sound depresingly awful compared to LCD3's...which I guess makes sense...).  It sounded awesome with LCD's at RMAF - mind you, in a noisy show room it can be hard to judge - but awesome sound is awesome sound.   Hope that these ship soon so that I can take my LCD's and HiFi M8 on vacation with me this...
The 6SE is the most powerful Woo amp for low impedance cans like the LCD's.  The 22 is just a hair less powerful, to the point where character differences explain the sonic differences more than drive capabilities.  But...if you're running it single-ended, then a 22 isn't much better than a 6SE, because then you're only getting half the power - which offsets the other improvements that the 22 brings to the table.     From all that I've read, and from discussions I've had...
That opinion (much better written than mine!) matches exactly my experience with the Conductor. Its good to see that others have noticed it too! Perhaps there are some parts upgraded in the more $$ Conductor vs the Soloist? Perhaps it's just biased better?
Agreed that the Conductor is likely a bit better than the Soloist as an amp, but I have heard pretty significant differences in the past due to cables, power cords, power conditioners etc, so I don't have enough data to conclusively state that I prefer the Conductor to the Soloist. But it would be surprising to me if that weren't be case - the more authoritative sound of the Conductor certainly sounded like a better amp.
That's hard to say. Either the Conductor's amp section is in fact different from the Soloist's, or the interconnect added to the chain significantly detracted from the sound. Generally, a longer signal chain with the same basic hardware doesn't sound as good.It was a pretty clear difference...so one of the 2 possibilities has to be the case. I (and the Burson guy) was surprised by the difference - but the Burson guy was a corporate guy, not an audio guy, so his surprise...
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