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post #46 of 62
Hi Dude,

what do u use for the B&W 805????

I meant what amps u used to push the 805?

Isn't it a waste to get the WA5 if u do not use it to push a pair of speakers?

why didn't u consider a WA5 LE which would be cheaper?

please let me know your purchasing decision, ok?

Thanks, regardless !
post #47 of 62
I love the B&W Nautilus speakers, but I can agree they are NOT tube amp friendly at all.
post #48 of 62
Thread Starter 
what do u use for the B&W 805????

MGM - Exposure XVII and XVIII

Isn't it a waste to get the WA5 if u do not use it to push a pair of speakers?

MGM - Not at all, becuase I push the K1000's with them, and when I get some efficient speakers I will use it with them.

why didn't u consider a WA5 LE which would be cheaper?

MGM - This unit came up used and it was before the LE was a standard product.

please let me know your purchasing decision, ok?

MGM - I like the flexability of the speaker outs and the K1000 out as well. I might even rewire my L3000's with a 4 prong plug.

Cheers,
post #49 of 62
So which 300b amp is better, Woo5 or Cary?
post #50 of 62
It's nice to know my former ES-1 is in good company. How do you decide what to listen to with so many of them? Once I found something I liked the best, I stopped listening to everything else and sold off most of it.
post #51 of 62
Thread Starter 
Well Ragonix.... It is not clear cut right now. I can say that listening yesterday to the HD650's I found myself wanting to listen to the Cary more. There seemed to be a graininess to the WA5 with the current Tube configuration and the Hd650, and the Cary just gave a wonderful warm sound.

Hey bdh.... It is in good company. I listen to the O2/ES-1 when I want to find out what it 'really' sounds like. It is still top dog around here.

Cheers,
post #52 of 62
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Originally Posted by mikeymad View Post
what do u use for the B&W 805????

MGM - Exposure XVII and XVIII

Isn't it a waste to get the WA5 if u do not use it to push a pair of speakers?

MGM - Not at all, becuase I push the K1000's with them, and when I get some efficient speakers I will use it with them.

why didn't u consider a WA5 LE which would be cheaper?

MGM - This unit came up used and it was before the LE was a standard product.

please let me know your purchasing decision, ok?

MGM - I like the flexability of the speaker outs and the K1000 out as well. I might even rewire my L3000's with a 4 prong plug.

Cheers,
Thanks Mikey Mad,

for your detailed replies...

the B&W 805 is one of my purchases dreams, and it helps to know that the WA5 will not be able to push them !

Regards!
post #53 of 62
please let us know how is the Cary 300SEI and the WA5 with the GS1000...

it's gonna influence purchase decisions...

Thanks !
post #54 of 62
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Originally Posted by twoears&oneheart View Post
please let us know how is the Cary 300SEI and the WA5 with the GS1000...

it's gonna influence purchase decisions...

Thanks !
x2 on that!
post #55 of 62
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x2 on that!
Hi Gu Sensei,

u got pm.

Regards
post #56 of 62
Thread Starter 
Okay... GS1000 notes:

Round 1.... Classical
RCA Living Stereo SACD
Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3 (Organ)

This goes to the WA5. I first listened to the Cary 300SEI. The sound was a little dark, adding volume brought out the original tape hiss more not bringing out the music. The tone was very good, but the loud parts were a little shouty not bigger. Low bass was just a little bit on the quiet side, and just a little bit bloated, not crisp, and showing me the leading edges.

The WA5 presented a wonderfully balanced soundstage. There was good amount of warmth and detail. The tape hiss that was right up front with the Cary was pushed way into the back and there was almost a black background for the music to come forward. Bass was much more controled, but not all the way. But the detail in the bass notes were there. The loud parts (and this work has them) were nice and big without turning into a shouting match. I think that the updated PSU is doing its job of having lots of reserve for the music to flow.

So this is not conclusive. But for Classical work of a large scale the GS-1000 sounded better on the WA5 than the Cary.

I guess that I have more fun ahead. :-)

Cheers,
post #57 of 62
On my very short list of amps I am dying to try Cary is among them, the other two are a crazy maxed out Single Power contraption and a Wyetech Labs prototype that might see the light of day at some point. Otherwise I am in love with the EAR HP4. Yet, the Cary has ALWAYS tantalized me. Not to mention it can drive speakers!

In fact, in the future, I might pick up a Cary regardless of what other amps I have on hand just because it is just an incredible amp. Congrats on repairing it and having so much fun with the journey.
post #58 of 62
Thank you for your GS1000 update, cool
post #59 of 62
To Mikeymad,

that should justify, since WA5 is much more costlier than Cary, and if i did not recall wrongly... your WA5 is maxxed out, right?

did u get the Humming Sound when you switch on the amp?
post #60 of 62
Thread Starter 
The WA5 PSU is Maxed out. The Amp unit has VCap upgrades, but not Maxed out.

I tend not to have my headphones on (or plugged in) when I first turn on an amp. So I cannot report on any humming on the WA5, WA6 - yes, but not on the WA5. Plus there is a delay circuit built into the WA5 as it warms up to full power, and then switches on the Amp section.

Cheers,
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