Since this thread was bumped again recently I just wanted to say I've found it invaluable, both for future tube rolling advice and to get a feel on what I'd be gaining from going to a Woo amp in the first place.
I already own a Channel Islands VHP2 which is well regarded and a very competent SS amp. It won't run with the best, but then again it isn't priced up there with them either. Trouble is I find everything to sound a bit dry and thin on it, and my K701s are flat out unenjoyable to listen to at all. I really don't think the amp is to blame, it is very dynamic and transparent as it should be. My hearing is very sensitive in the upper midrange and lower treble so things that should sound balanced seem thin and bright to me.
I recently found bliss in a tripath based integrated amp for my speaker setup, it has all the qualities of a good SS amp, but there is just a little something extra there..... something hard to describe that makes it sound musical and euphoric. I'm basically trying to gain this for my headphone setup as well. I don't necessarily want a glowing super "tubey" sound per se because I value the good dynamics and speed of a quality amp in general. I just want to mix some of that sense of euphoria in that makes the sound feel effortless..... like you want to sink into your chair when you listen. After reading literally hundreds of pages of posts my gut tells me a WA6 /w PDPS is the right ticket for me, probably with a tube roll to RCA 6FD7s once it breaks in and an eventual upgrade to the Sophia Princess.
I'd love to hear opinions from others though. My greatest fear is that I'll get the Woo and it will sound very similar to my VHP2 overall. That wouldn't be a negative towards the Woo since it just means it is a very competent amp that isn't sucking the dynamics and detail out of the presentation with an overly syrupy sound. I just want to feel certain that I'm going to hear that extra little bit of magic I'm looking for. I don't make a lot of money these days so I have to plan my hobby purchases carefully. Do you guys think the Woo6 is the ticket for me?