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post #46 of 322
I'm really curious how the single ended WA22 compares to the WA5LE and whether a balanced headphone on the WA22 will be able to beat out the WA5LE. I hope someone attending CanJam can do these comparisons as I'm debating between the two amplifiers.
post #47 of 322
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Originally Posted by atbglenn View Post
It's at the top of the WA22 page. It says" Pre-production unit shown, 6SN7 driver tubes will be used in production unit"
Indeed it does. Certainly lots of good choices open up as a result, my personal amp uses the same tube compliment (although in a different topology) and I have no complaints.
post #48 of 322
For what it's worth, I tried the WA22 and it is very very good (although this was in meet conditions and I didn't listen very long). I am not sure that it is better than the WA5LE though. I tried both at CanJam and preferred the WA5 (perhaps because I own and love the WA5LE though). However, I tried the (Jack and mikeymad's) WA5 and WA22 with different cans: WA5 with HD800, CD5000, D7000, L5000 as well as some other cans but only tried the Wa22 with a HD600/650 or K701 (can't remember). They also had different sources (the sources for the WA5's were superior to the source to the WA22). I think it is a no-brainer if you want a balanced tube amp in my opinion. It is sweet and a great price!

By the way (since I was confused by the number at first), the WA22 is not based on the WA2, it is more similar to the WA6SE according to Jack.


post #49 of 322
I'm between this, the WA5LE, and the EC Balancing Act. I heard them all at CanJam, but with different sources it's so hard to tell.
post #50 of 322
Looks good, cheers for the inform shellylh!
post #51 of 322
That damn Sophia Princess makes every amp it's in look beautiful.
post #52 of 322
and sound beautiful too IMO
post #53 of 322
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Originally Posted by Jon L View Post
I think many Head-Fiers would gladly sacrifice that for the 4-pin XLR (K1000) and 1/4" phone jack!

To be changed for production unit:

* Use one volume control instead of one per channel
* Add one 4-pin XLR output
* Add one 1/4" phone jack output (single-ended)
Wait, wait, wait. The WA22 can power the K1000? Or will it simply be using the same type of connector?
post #54 of 322
any rear shots of the amp? does the amp have pre-amp output?
post #55 of 322
it doesn't have a pre-amp out. You can ask Jack about adding one maybe.
post #56 of 322
Yes, you can always ask Jack to put a pre-out as an option.
post #57 of 322
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Originally Posted by shellylh View Post
For what it's worth, I tried the WA22 and it is very very good (although this was in meet conditions and I didn't listen very long). I am not sure that it is better than the WA5LE though. I tried both at CanJam and preferred the WA5 (perhaps because I own and love the WA5LE though). However, I tried the (Jack and mikeymad's) WA5 and WA22 with different cans: WA5 with HD800, CD5000, D7000, L5000 as well as some other cans but only tried the Wa22 with a HD600/650 or K701 (can't remember). They also had different sources (the sources for the WA5's were superior to the source to the WA22). I think it is a no-brainer if you want a balanced tube amp in my opinion. It is sweet and a great price!

By the way (since I was confused by the number at first), the WA22 is not based on the WA2, it is more similar to the WA6SE according to Jack.
I totally agree with your improessions Shelly.

I spent 15 minutes or so with each of these amps at CanJam on Sunday afternoon. At the point that I rolled through, the WA5 max was paired with HD800's and K1000's (the source was an Arcam CDP), and the WA22 was setup with a pair of balanced HD650's (with a delicate looking Woo Audio cable labeled "prototype" - can't recall the source).

Both distinctly ranked among my favorites of the weekend, but with respect to the WA22/WA5 comparison, I'd have to give the nod to the WA5 max -> HD800 combo for pure, lush all-consuming enjoyment. I threw on a live choral recording of "O Vos Omnes," closed my eyes, and just reveled in width and depth the sound. To my ears, this combo was really only rivaled by Todd's fabulous 307A -> Grado PS1000 setup.

That said, I'd still kill to have a WA22 - and there's no good way to know the full potential of this amp until we all hear it with balanced HD800's. I can easily say though that I have never heard the HD650's sound so good, so resolved, and so involving (and I listen to a pair at home nightly). In fact, while it may be pure heresy to say it (and may also reveal my bias towards the resonant bass reproduction in dynamic cans), I think I preferred the WA22 -> balanced HD650 setup to any and all of the electrostatic rigs I listened to at CanJam, including but not limited to Woo's new prototype.

I will definitely be looking forward to reading further impressions of this amp - and dreaming of getting my hands on one some day.
post #58 of 322
Oldie but newbie here: What do I need to feed the WA22 to get the fully balanced out?
post #59 of 322
Has anyone heard this and a EHHA and could compare the sound? This thing is just beautiful.
post #60 of 322
I just wanted to bump this thread. A reputable American company announces a (relatively) affordable balanced tube amp, and nobody cares. But when the latest FOTM Chinese thing comes out, everyone wets their diapers? Why?
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