George, your review is informative and interesting! Great! I am looking forward to the Part II review...
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2/13/07 at 12:26am
Very good initial summary George. I have a few of the same components that you own...Woo Audio 3 (well, close anyway)...Central Station, PA2v2, HD 650 , ER4P.
You mention using max. volume with the 650, with my WA3, max. is quite loud, I often hit the wall at around 2 o'clock. My source is a Pioneer Elite DV-45A (universal player). For Redbook CD I use a digital connection into the CS using its DAC. I do have 2 other components in between the CS & WA3 so that might be an issue with my resuts. I do agree that as the volume goes up, up ,up there is no loss in quality...it's very involving, a very addictive thing!
The WA3 & WA6 are beautiful amps. I had many of the same emotions when listening to my WA3 for the first time. Easily worth the money. At the time my best can was the DT-880 which also sounds wonderful with tubes.
I actually like the CS amp for its razor sharp detail, it is my favorite amp for my DT-770 (Darth Beyers). For most music I do prefer tubes with my 880 or 650.
------------I look forward to more impressions-----------------
Where did you get the cover for the Woo OR DOES IT COME WITH THAT MESH COVER?
polishpower, I personally like my CE595 and even though it isn't as good as the Marantz I believe its performance is way beyond its price point and it is a bargain even at full retail. When you get your CE595 give it some time for proper burn-in before you make any judgements about it. The sound of my unit changed dramatically after 200 hours of burn-in playing both redbook and SACD's. Out of the player I'm currently using my AKG K701's with my Headfive amp and BJC LC-1 interconnects. I just ordered a Woo 6 and there is a three week wait for mine. I will give my impressions when it arrives. Sorry for the rant.
I'll have to agree with watchluvr4ever. You can definitely tell the difference between the Marantz and the CE595, but the CE595 is a better bang for the buck than the Marantz. A lot of the members here would shoot me now, and they would say that the difference is tremendous (and a few more adjectives). I'm new to this hobby, and the differences seem subtle to me. I can tell the difference, but I'm not unhappy listening to the CE595. And the CE595 has a much louder signal than the Marantz. Probably +2db.
The Woo6 works great with the K701. For rock, it actually pairs better with the K701 than the HD650 (I think). I find myself plugging the K701 into the Woo6 more often than the HD650, and the K701 are not as burnt in as the HD650. For Jazz and Classical I still use the HD650, but you'll like the K701.
Hope this helps.