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Well, you can start troubleshooting by taking Audirvana out of the equation: Make sure it's closed (I believe it may have exclusive device control), then open Audio MIDI Setup in Applications/Utilities/ (part of every OS X install). With the WA7 properly connected, the options should look like this:     If this does NOT show the above, something's wrong with the USB connectivity to your WA7. If it does, something's wrong with your Audirvana setup. I personally use...
So I had to really dig in a bit and look into this in more detail since I'm still learning too (beyond having experienced the differences when swapping rectifiers myself).   And: probably not... As it turns out, a full-wave rectifier (like the one discussed here) has two sections not for L/R, but for making use of the positive & negative cycle of alternating current. So it would not cause problems in the sense of having one section affecting only one...
Yup, though it's a special case in that these specific tubes combine the driver & power sections in one tube for each channel. But it's the rectifier (ex. 274B), turning the AC current into DC current at high voltage, that said tubes directly depend on. So if it is faulty, everything down the chain will be affected.
Welcome to the fickleness of tube amps...   There is a possibility it could be the rectifier tube since it determines the amount of power getting to the driver tubes, thus how strongly they can drive each channel. Not sure about the exact topology of the WA6SE, but the 274B can provide voltage to each side separately and if there is an issue with one of the cathode/anode pairs (even with a new tube like yours) that may cause this imbalance problem.   Another thing...
Looking at both graphs, seems indeed very similar. The thing that I wonder the most about is the closeness in bass response while Tyll's measurements showed a clear low-end drop-off starting as early as 60Hz (that would be certainly be audible on some recordings and unacceptable to me)   Going by that similarity in the Audeze graphs, seems to me that the -most noticeable- difference would be that the LCD3s become easier to drive (i.e. higher efficiency of the new driver)...
The issue you describe with names seems to me to be more tag-related rather than the player's firmware. I have only had 2 of ~1000 albums have issues of any kind, and those same albums have had issues on other players (but seem fine in iTunes) But then again I have spent quite a bit of time over the last couple of years curating my music & cleaning up tagging...   Tags can be trickier than one thinks because different editors & players don't necessarily look at the same...
I am indeed enjoying it. As I wrote, I'd like to give more detailed impressions in a longer post when I have more time. But for now, in a nutshell it's really more about the convenience which finally allows me me to rediscover my music collection in a way I haven't really before, in a more or less future-proof box and long-term solution/investment, rather than any major sound quality improvement.   And don't get me wrong, it doesn't sound bad or mediocre, it sounds *just...
   Quote:It is very important to understand that even slight differences in volume make things sound different, and louder is almost always better (unless pushed to distortion levels) And it's not only a difference in overall volume, our ears respond differently to various frequencies at different volume levels (just one example link) The DSD conversion process may have changed the overall volume (so independent of your own volume setting) and that alone may account for...
A couple of things spring to mind (all IMHO of course):   - generally, the sound signature ones likes is not always related to the cost, in your case, the cheaper portable combo may well sound "better" i.e. more pleasant. It happens. But it could also be for now that the familiarity with it plays a large role why you think it sounds "better" since you're used to that signature...   - You haven't mentioned the most important part in the post I've read, the one making...
Sorry, the above issue thread is getting long, so I haven't read every post, but here's a bit of my experience.   I have the HAP-1ZES which I believe is very close functionally, so I want to point out that the software is entirely optional, mostly to automagically transfer new additions. Once I realized that, I have never used it since.   The Sony HAP will (eventually) mount as a standard network drive (at least in OS X), and if you have your music organized on your...
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