We view WA8 Eclipse as an ultra compact desktop tube amp with dac. Long battery life was not the design priority, the sound is. Every small amp/dac we've tested sounded small in comparison to our WA6 and WA7. If desktop-class performance is important to you, choose WA8.
Herb and Jason from Stereophile magazine checked out WA8 Eclipse at AXPONA audio show.
It is a soft 'pop' when power cycling the amp. This will not cause harm the headphones or the amp. We recommend to disconnect the headphone if the soft 'pop' bothers you. Important: when switching between 2 or 3 tube mode, turn OFF the amplifier first, this resets the output. Otherwise, you may encounter distortion in the sound.
You can use WDS-1 with Apple iOS devices. Just need to pick up this Apple adapter + high quality USB cable. *** it is important to buy this adapter from Apple only. There are a TON of counterfeits on the web.
We recommend Nordost USB cable if you don't already have a good quality USB cable.
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These two adapters from Apple would work. *** important to buy them from Apple only. There are a TON of counterfeits on the web. http://tinyurl.com/j8uuyhk http://tinyurl.com/jh3jcrs For USB cable, we recommend Nordost Blue Heaven or Heimdall2 http://www.nordost.com/usb-cables.php