Originally Posted by mmwwhats
Speaking to Jack Woo about the WA6 SE, he explains that the design of the WA6 SE is quite a great deal different than the design of the WA6. I've never heard the WA6, but I get the impression from Jack that, although their sound character is cut from the same cloth, they are not quite on the same level.
Yeah... that's what he told me also - although somewhat indirectly.
I'm a bit uncomfortable with "suggestion" and "inuendo" - much more comfortable with "firm, absolute statements and comparisons" by those who have experienced them both (e.g. Jack, etc.).
And... I'm sure there's a bit of "paternal pride."
Also... except for the transformers, and separate dual power supply, I'm a bit uncertain of any other differences - and that those alone would improve the sound of the standard SE that much over the maxed WA6.
I can see how the maxed SE could be quite a bit better... but... I'm not clear that the standard SE could be. And... I'm not really prepared to sink another $500 in the SE for even a 10-15% improvement, which I also doubt is likely (i.e. a 5-10% improvement is much more believable - but at that price premium?).
In other words... if the maxed WA6 and standard SE sound about the same (<5% difference), and assuming a person will not spend the additional $500 for a 10-15% improvement, and they want a smaller footprint - then why choose the SE over the WA6?
Of course there are several assumptions in this statement - but, so far, not even Jack has suggested the standard SE is sufficiently better to justify accepting its larger footprint - unless you're going to upgrade it, and you don't mind the larger footprint. It's more like he's saying - "the maxed SE is 10-15% better than the maxed WA6, so you should get the maxed SE, if you don't mind its larger footprint, and spending $500 more."
That's what Jack seems to be saying to me. But... I'm really not sure... since he speaks in "suggestion and inuendo."
And... of course... there's always another consideration - how big is the market for a $1600+ amp, when you decide to sell it? There's a much greater risk of loss on resale. There's even a fair risk of loss on the maxed WA6, upon resale, though it would necessarily be less than the maxed SE. Witness the large losses on the high priced SPs. I'm not a big fan of large losses.
So... for me... it seems to get down to... do I mind spending $1600 for an amp... and do I mind large losses when I resell it... and if so... then I might as well get the smaller maxed WA6, because they sound very similar - or, at least they do... until Jack says... unequivocally and absolutely... the SE sounds much better.
But... like "jamato8" - "that's just me."