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post #1 of 127
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After a long wait, my WA6 arrived today. Fortunately, my power and mini-RCA IC arrived today as well! I'm using just the stock tubes now to get used to the stock sound before rollin' this BEAST. No one ever mentioned how HEAVY this baby is!

Equipment:
iMod => custom AudioArtCable mini-RCA IC => WA6 (stock tubes) => Stefan Audio Art Equinox => Modded 580

Initial impressions: iMod on pause in middle of a song, adjusting volume from min to max, NOTHING. BLACKNESS. I mean, I need that blue light on the WA6 to make sure its on...well that and the glowy, tubey radiance .

On Beethoven's violin concertos, bass is BOOMY...not necessarily in the bad sense, highs are are sweet and controlled, piano is FANTASTIC, violin sounds SPECTACULAR!

Immediate Wants: A little more control on the bass, I think that's what you guys say...my GOD piano sounds PHENOMENAL! I played piano formally for 13 years and I can HEAR the hammers coming back down to rest after a stroke ...wider soundstage, better separation...

First question: I plugged in my Equi'd 580, but don't get good volume until about 1 o'clock to 3 o'clock on the volume dial.

Any hints for a new, proud papa of a WA6?

Pics in a sec.
post #2 of 127
You do look excited, don't you?
Glad you liked it. Would love to compare the WA6 with my MAD Ear+ Purist HD2 one day ...
post #3 of 127
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post #4 of 127
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You do look excited, don't you?
Glad you liked it. Would love to compare the WA6 with my MAD Ear+ Purist HD2 one day ...
Does it show?
post #5 of 127
Ahhh congrats and welcome to the fold. Too many silver shots are starting to make me regret my decision of black. I have a different rectifier than you, but signature balance and definition at the ends certainly changed in burn-in. Also the WA6 seems to like a strong input signal, so I wouldn't be surprised if you have to turn the volume up with various sources. BTW, what was your turn around time on the AudioArtCable purchase? I just wrote on an order for ICs today.
post #6 of 127
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Depends on your purchase, I think. I had my IC custom made, so that took a few days. They have their regular lengths in limited stock. My Power1 could've shipped same day as order but I told them to hold-on to it until the IC was ready. What did you get from them?

The Power1 is a new addition to their fledgling line-up. But what an anaconda (to me)! 1cm in diameter at least. Nice and heavy.

Great cables, AudioArtCable - I'm surprised by the low noise floor! I was over at a speaker fanatic's place and sheepishly asked him what the buzzing noise was on his $50k+ (?) setup was - "that's the power". So I was scared. But for naught it turns out!
post #7 of 127
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Originally Posted by Ichinichi View Post
After a long wait, my WA6 arrived today. Fortunately, my power and mini-RCA IC arrived today as well! I'm using just the stock tubes now to get used to the stock sound before rollin' this BEAST. No one ever mentioned how HEAVY this baby is!

Equipment:
iMod => custom AudioArtCable mini-RCA IC => WA6 (stock tubes) => Stefan Audio Art Equinox => Modded 580

Initial impressions: iMod on pause in middle of a song, adjusting volume from min to max, NOTHING. BLACKNESS. I mean, I need that blue light on the WA6 to make sure its on...well that and the glowy, tubey radiance .

On Beethoven's violin concertos, bass is BOOMY...not necessarily in the bad sense, highs are are sweet and controlled, piano is FANTASTIC, violin sounds SPECTACULAR!

Immediate Wants: A little more control on the bass, I think that's what you guys say...my GOD piano sounds PHENOMENAL! I played piano formally for 13 years and I can HEAR the hammers coming back down to rest after a stroke ...wider soundstage, better separation...

First question: I plugged in my Equi'd 580, but don't get good volume until about 1 o'clock to 3 o'clock on the volume dial.

Any hints for a new, proud papa of a WA6?

Pics in a sec.
Volume at 1 o'clock should be virtually unlistenable (at least for me anyway). Did you make sure that the switch in the back is set for high impedance?

I just recently setup my WA6 in my new home! I've only been listening since Monday, so I wanted to wait a bit before I posted my own impressions, but initial thoughts are extremely positive.

I had Jack send it with an upgraded Sovtek 5U4G (for an additional $10) and I don't sense any control issues with the bass. In fact, bass is absolutely slammin' on my HD600s. I'm not much of a basshead, but I think my setup sounds pretty good now. So, it could be that you'll get what your looking for in the bass with a different rectifier or you may need to let the amp burn in a little.

I find that both piano and acoustic guitar sound wonderful through the WA6. Listening to Bruce C0ckburn's Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws right now and it has never sounded better.
post #8 of 127
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What did you get from them?
Custom XLR to RCA ICs.
post #9 of 127
Congrats on your new amp. Hope you enjoy your new setup
post #10 of 127
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Custom XLR to RCA ICs.
Nice! My customs took about a week and a half or so? I think? I don't really remember when I ordered them...and my order came just after a large custom order from some other customer.

But so well worth the wait.

Now to burn in this IC.

Note: Wow, after warming up this amp sounds so much more...mature.
post #11 of 127
I liked the WA6 I demo'd at headfest. I found it to be a pretty low gain circuit, perfect for Grados. Ive never heard an iMod before, but I'm speculating your setup might benefit from a higher output source. of course tube rolling with higher gain tubes is a possibility.

Nice lil' amp you got there!!
post #12 of 127
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
I liked the WA6 I demo'd at headfest. I found it to be a pretty low gain circuit, perfect for Grados. Ive never heard an iMod before, but I'm speculating your setup might benefit from am higher output source. of course tube rolling with higher gain tubes is a possibility.

Nice lil' amp you got there!!
Any more specific source suggestions? Would a DAC help in my present configuration? I'm sort of confused because the iMod already has a DAC and the PCDP does as well, would an outboard DAC be beneficial in anyway?

WA6 gurus, what's a high-gain tube to try?

Thank you all!!!
post #13 of 127
Well a DAC with a variable output would allow to dial open the output to match. And there are certainly DACs that sound better than others. Out of curiosity, do you notice any difference in volume when playing the iMod v. PCDP? Not sure if what files you have on the iPod, but another option is increasing the gain a tad on those. Someone said the stock 5AR4 (which I believe you have) had a higher gain than the stock 5U4G, but I haven't tested myself.
post #14 of 127
Throughout breakin, the sound is musical, clear, relaxed in a non-solid-state way, and integral (no specific issues at a frequency range). Very articulate and non-tubey, as one might expect from the best high-end solid state and tube amps which tend to converge in character as price goes up. I'm intellectually aware that I am hearing a higher quantitative distortion, given it is single ended, but being low order and downward sloping in amplitude, the distortion disappears, masked by the recorded sound, such that it is perceptually insignificant if not musically consonant. In comparison, the headphone out on my XA777ES (which previously was not much worse than my Perreaux SXH1) sounds solid-state, flat in the midrange, and tipped up at the top end unnaturally, with not as much soundstage space or image body. And less revealing.

Everything sounds good and makes me want to listen more; this effect is significant, even though the absolute magnitude of "objective" performance difference from another amp may seem modest at first. You have to listen with your musical side, not your analytical side, to really become present to the benefits of this amp. I had a similar experience listening to the huge and expensive WA5 at Head-Fest: addictive, natural, clear, detailed, smooth, without any obvious character.

I must say, to my delight, the WA6 seems much better than the WA3+ as I heard it at the show. That one was a little rough and crude by comparison to the WA5, and I felt I couldn't live with the 3+ (didn't listen to the WA6 then... I bought it based on comments by Jack Woo and my love of the WA5 at the show).

Out of the box, with the Sovtek regulator, mine sounded balanced, smooth, musical, and with a good sense of soundstage and good body to instrumental images. Mine might have been broken in a bit at the factory. Bass was full but not boomy with HD650/Cardas.

After 48 hours, the treble was much cleaner, clearer, and with a subtle, delicate realism to cymbals and percussion. Head and shoulders above my Perreaux SXH1. But, the bass seemed lean, and lower treble a bit bright.

After 72 hours, the balance was settling back towards its original neutrality. Treble remains clear and detailed but no glare. My assumption is that the tubes, transformer, and caps are breaking in at different rates, and thus the character shifts one way then another with time. Detailed AND musical, with no obvious coloration or euphony.

Tonight will be 100 hours. I'll try Grado SR125 tonight.
post #15 of 127

Congrats Alan

I hope your WA6 keeps you happy for a while...we all know how that goes

The Silver looks beautiful...of course.

My WA3 continues to impress me so I've been safe from upgrade madness so far. Just a couple days ago I received tube dampers from Herbie...the first ones that I've tried. No conclusions yet on those.
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